Lyon vs. FC Porto Prediction, Tips & Odds – Mar. 17, 2022
FC Porto was defeated 1-0 a week ago and failed to take advantage of the home field, so they will face a very difficult task in tomorrow’s match against Lyon.
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First place in Group A and as many as sixteen points won were a clear sign that the Lyon team wants a trophy in the Europa League this season. In six games, they scored sixteen and conceded only five goals, thus confirming that they have the quality necessary to achieve the highest goals. However, Lyon does not have the “strength” to fight on two fronts this season, so they are only in tenth place in the domestic championship, with very little chance of qualifying for one of the European competitions next season.
Unlike the Europa League, they are in a very changeable form in the French league, and they welcome this match after a convincing defeat by Rennes with the result of 4: 2. It is clear that they are fully focused on the performance in the Europa League, so we can expect great fighting spirit and offensive style of play in tomorrow’s match.
🎙 Anthony Lopes speaks at a press conference on the eve of #OLFCP in the #UEL round of 16 second leg “We must draw inspiration from what we did well last Wednesday. It’s a different competition from the league and we want to qualify” pic.twitter.com/tRb2KuFq8S
— Olympique Lyonnais 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@OL_English) March 16, 2022
The Portuguese great participated in the Champions League this season, but due to winning third place in the group (Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, and Milan), they were forced to continue the European spring in the Europa League. In the sixteenth final, they eliminated Italian Lazio (2: 1 and 2: 2), and in those two matches, we could see all the offensive qualities and defensive flaws of the Portuguese team. Porto has a six-point advantage over second-placed Sporting in the domestic championship, and since there are only eight rounds left until the end, they are well on their way to winning a new title.
Porto is a team that plays very open and offensive football (sixty-seven goals in twenty-six matches in the domestic championship), and it is difficult to expect that they will play two consecutive matches without scoring a goal. Four days ago, they defeated Tondela with 4: 0 and thus made a great overture for tomorrow’s match.
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) March 16, 2022
In the recent past, Lyon and FC Porto played one match, a week ago. Lyon was more successful in that duel with the result of 1: 0.
Team News and Injuries
Lyon: Boateng, Cherki, Denayer and Diomande.
FC Porto: Manafa, Otavio and Pepe.
Lyon vs. Porto Prediction, Tips & Odds
Much more was expected in the first match, which ended with the victory of the visiting team with a minimum score of 1: 0, since both teams had as many as twenty-six shots on goal. The French team was more concentrated and managed to successfully preserve the advantage with a goal in the fifty-ninth minute of the match, but we must be objective and say that the referee’s decision to annul Mbemba’s goal in the ninety-fifth minute of the match helped them. Although the bookmakers favor the Lyon team, we believe that FC Porto will manage to cancel the deficit from the first match, and we believe that the Portuguese are still closer to qualifying for the next round of the competition.
In the first match, at least three goals were a reality given the rhythm of the match, but still, no goals were scored. Tomorrow we expect a very offensive release of the visiting team, and we will not be surprised if Porto scores a goal in the first twenty minutes of the match.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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