Juventus managed to hold on to their top spot in the Serie A in a weekend overshadowed by a string of postponements. Wednesday evening there is no postponement as they try to stick it to French outfit Lyon. The latter has had a bit of rough patch in Ligue 1 lately but managed a clean sheet and a win Friday night.
Until recently Lyon displayed an attacking force you would have been hard-pressed to match anywhere. The goals have dried up a bit though and their win against Metz was the first in five. The French side has struggled at the Groupama Stadium this season. With only four home wins in Ligue 1, they have won only a third of their matches at home.
They are not exactly a force at home when on international duty either. They have one home win in nine. Likewise, they have only one defeat so a draw might not be the worst place to look! Coach Rudi Garcia will be without some important players including the injured Memphis Depay. Right-back Rafael is also a doubt. Juventus have been inconsistent of late and failed to impress once again at the weekend.
Despite overcoming SPAL in their Serie A clash at the weekend their defence was leaking again. Maurizio Sarri has doubts over several players, so watch out for the line ups before placing a bet. He will be hopeful the likes of Gonzalo Higuain can at least make the bench. Leonardo Bonucci sat out the match against SPAL due to suspension. He is likely to come straight back into the side for this encounter. With or without him Juventus has conceded a goal in six straight away matches.
The Italian outfit has won their last five Champions League matches. Juventus also scored at least two goals in five of their last six Champions League matches. They scored at least once in their last 15 away matches. They also netted the first goal of the match in eight of their last nine Champions League matches. Both teams scored in six of Lyon’s last seven Champions League matches at home.
Neither team have been impressive of late and that could make this a nervy encounter between Lyon and Juventus. Going out against a side like Lyon will be a slap in the face for the Italian giant. The French outfit has struggled on home soil this season. That should open the door for Juventus to take advantage in this first leg. Go for the away win or, if more cautious, take the draw-no-bet of Juve.