Football Preview - Shakhtar vs Lyon 13 December 18 -

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Shakhtar vs Lyon Betting Preview

Lyon will travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar in this crucial tie for both teams. This is a pretty straightforward situation as the fates of both teams lie in their own hands. Lyon only need a draw here to join group winners, Manchester City, in the knockout phase as they are currently 2 points ahead of the hosts.

For Shakhtar, the task is pretty simple. They need a win in this trip, or else they're heading for the Europa League. It's certainly been entertaining for the Ukrainian Premier League leaders so far, who have seen their fair share of goals. They needed a dramatic 3-2 win at Hoffenheim last time out to stay in the race for the last 16, and they'll be hoping that spirit can take them to success over Lyon on Thursday morning.

The visitors are unbeaten to date, and if they can keep that up, second spot will be theirs. The visitors know they've blown so many chances to make the next round, given their high number of draws. They've conceded late goals in their last 3 games. Winning just 1 of those games could have pushed them through to the next round had they held on to the lead.

Surprisingly, Lyon's least exciting game was a 2-1 win at Man City. Since then, they've had three 2-2 draws and a 3-3 away draw to Hoffenheim. Despite being poor at back, Lyon can at least take comfort in the fact that they have a very potent strike force.

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News
  • Fernando is the only injury doubt here. The Ukrainians do not have any other injury concerns and will be set to name a strong starting XI.

Probable Line Up: Pyatov (GK), Ismaily, Rakitskiy, Krivtsov, Matvyenko, Stepanenko, Maycon, Bolbat, Taison, Marlos, Moraes

Lyon Team News
  • Amine Gouiri is ruled out for the visitors.
  • There are doubts over the fitness of Tanguy NDombèlé and Maxwel Cornet. It remains to be seen if they will make the trip.

Probable Line Up: Lopes (GK), Mendy, Denayer, Marcelo, Tete, Aouar, Tousart, Terrier, Fekir, Traore, Depay
Key Stats
  • Shakhtar haven't won either of their 2 Champions League home games so far this season; drawing 2-2 with Hoffenheim and losing 0-3 to Manchester City.
  • Shakhtar have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches while Lyon have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4.
  • Lyon have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches.
  • Lyon have drawn their last 4 games in the Champions League.

Head to Head
  • The first competitive meeting between these 2 sides ended in a 2-2 draw at the Groupama Stadium.
  • Shakhtar vs Lyon Betting Tips
  • No matter how we look at it, this game looks like it is going to be a goal fest. "Over 3 Goals" looks like a winner here and the statistics agree with us as well.
  • Both teams are fantastic going forward, but neither seem able to defend. "Both Teams To Score" will also be our bet here. Our gut feeling says that Shakhtar are going to emerge 3-2 winners.

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