Hoffenheim – Lyon SOCCER PICKS
Hoffenheim and Olympique Lyonnais face off at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After 1 draw and 1 loss, the home team reaches this 3rd round in the 4th position of Group F, with 1 point won. In the previous match, they lost by (1-2) at home against Manchester City, after in the first match of this group stage they tied (2-2) against Shakhtar Donetsk. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after an away win against Nürnberg by (1-3). In the last 10 home matches Hoffenheim has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. his attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 17 out of the last 24 have scored Over 2,5 goals. In 11 matches, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 2. There is 1 period highlighted in the last 6 home matches for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (76′-90 ‘ ).
The Hoffenheim is a recent club that still has no Bundesliga title (German League), but which has already the most outstanding campaign in the national competition the fourth and third place, reached in the last two seasons. In the current season, the team achieved a draw and a defeat in the first rounds of the Champions League, thus being in the fourth and last position of Group F, three points behind the first classified, Lyon. In the last five games that Hoffenheim played in their stadium, for several competitions, in absolutely all both Hoffenheim and the opposing team scored goals. We believe that in this game, by playing at home, Hoffenheim will score goals, but to play against the leader of the group, will end up suffering goals too.
The away team comes to this 3 rd round of Group F in the 1st position, with 4 points won, after 1 win and 1 draw. In their opening match in this group stage they won last night against Manchester City by (1-2). In the 2nd round, they drew at home against Shakhtar Donetsk by (2-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the League 1, they beat Nîmes at home (2-0). In their last away game, for the League 1, they lost by (5-0) against PSG. In the last 10 away matches Olympique Lyonnais has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 32 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 9 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 5 of their 10 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘); He suffered 7 of his 12 goals between the minutes (61’-75 ‘).
The Lyon is a club that has won seven times the Ligue 1 (French Championship), the most recent title being won in 2007/08, plus five titles of the Coupe de France and one of the Coupe de La Ligue. In the current season, the team had an optimum in the group stage of the Champions League, as they won away from home by 1×2 to Manchester City and then tied at home by 2×2 with Shakhtar, currently occupying the first position of the Group F. In the last five games that Lyon played as a visitor, in four they scored more than 2.5 goals. We believe that in this match Lyon will have conditions to score goals, for the quality of its staff, but will also suffer goals, as it faces a difficult opponent.