Olympique Lyon vs. FC Sevilla / Champions League – This is one of the duels in the last round of the group stage of Champions League, which will be monitored with special attention, because these are direct rivals for placement in the round of sixteen. Sevilla has a better situation, because they are in second place with three points more than Lyon, so the hosts only need a victory. The problem for the “Lions” is that not any victory suits them, because they were defeated at “Sanchez Pizjuan” with 1-0, which means that Sevilla can suffer a minimal defeat in which they need to achieve one goal. It is particularly interesting that in case of victory of Lyon with 1-0, they would be completely tied by seven criterias and the number of goals away would decide, which is on the side of the French team. Last weekend Sevilla was defeated in the championship, while the match between Metz and Lyon got interrupted in the first half. In addition to the aforementioned duel in Sevills, these rivals have never met before Begins: 07.12.2016. – 20:45 CET
Lyon can be happy because they even got a chance to get to second place in the last round and knockout stage of the Champions League, because they were almost in a hopeless situation until the last round. It helped them that Juventus won in Sevilla, but any other result would probably marked the end of hope for Lyon. They are not exactly in a great situation, because they need a victory and not just any. If they receive a goal it could be fatal and therefore besides their ambitions in attack, they certainly must pay attention to defence.
They are not doing so good in the championship, where they are only in sixth place with one game less, which was interrupted on Saturday in Metz, but then the host already had the lead of 1-0 and Lyon was not in a good situation. That is why they last week mastered Nantes away with even 6-0, after which they lost a derby at home to PSG. Coach Genesio has combined a composition a little bit in recent matches, but these were not big changes, while now the strongest team goes to the field, but without the injured center-back Mamman and right back Jalla.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Morel – Gonalons, Tolisso, Darder, Valbuena – Fekir, Lacazette
Sevilla has played a lot of difficult matches in the short period of time, but one of the most important is yet to come. In Lyon, they will lead the fight for placement in the round of sixteen of Champions League, although they practically had a clean situation until the last round when they met with Juventus and even managed to take the lead in the early stages of the match, but later backed down and because of referee’s injustice, suffered a defeat. One point is quite enough, but they should look for this point in this game, or at least a minimal defeat with one goal scored. It is known that Sevilla is far worse away than at home, although they managed to celebrate twice in the championship, before they lost Andalusian derby on Saturday in Granada with 2-1.
Round before that, they mastered Valencia after a big struggle and as if they were left without strength, which was reflected in Granada. Too bad, because they could have taken second place in the table with that victory. They are coming to Lyon without Vazquez, who got suspended in the last round, Nasri is injured from before, who is slowly recovering, and Tremoulinas, while they also cannot count on Iborra, Pareja and Mercado. This means that we should expect some changes, and what is fortunate for coach Sampaoli, who will also be on the stands due to penalties, that he has a large selection of quality players.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: S.Rico – Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero – N’Zonzi, Kranevitter – Vitolo, Correa, Sarabia – Ben Yedder
Olympique Lyon vs. FC Sevilla PICK
Lyon needs a victory, even a minimal one, so they do not need to rush to attack from the first minute. Sevilla has a better situation, and if they score a goal they would probably resolve everything and we believe they would succeed in that, and thus force the host to attack.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.67 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)