Olympique Lyonnais and Benfica measure forces at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins and 1 loss in the last 3 games. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams have considerable differences in the results won at home and as a visitor.
Olympique Lyonnais :
The home team is currently in the 3rd position, with 4 points won, after 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat. In the penultimate match, he won out against RB Leipzig by (0-2). In the last game, he lost out against Benfica by (2‑1). This is a team that curiously has been stronger as a visitor than in their home matches, since in the last 30 matches they have recorded 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a victory away with Toulouse by (2‑3). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Olympique Lyonnais won 3, drew 3 and lost 4. His defense has not been very solid, as he suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he only got 1 comeback in the 8 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 8 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he scored 4 of his 10 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Lyon comes to this motivated match, after a 3-2 victory as a visitor against Toulouse: Depay and Dembélé scored the goals of the win. The local club generally plays in a tactical system in 4-4-2, favoring a more offensive playing style, attacking the flanks. Lyon knows that he will have a difficult game, since his opponent seems to be going through a good form. For this match, coach Rudi García must have all the players at his disposal.
The visiting team is currently in 4th position, with 3 points won, after 1 win and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost out against Zenit St. Petersburg by (3-1). In the last match, he won at home against Olympique Lyonnais by (2‑1). This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it records 12 wins and 3 losses as a visitor; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last game he played for the First League, he won at Rio Ave at home by (2‑0). In his last away game, for the First League, he won by (0-1) against Tondela. In its last 10 away matches, Benfica records 9 wins and 1 loss. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games.
Benfica comes to this motivated performance, after a 2-0 victory at home against Rio Ave: Rúben Dias and Pizzi scored the victory goals. The visiting team generally acts in a 4-4-2, in which the two players with the mission of tormenting the rival defense will be Chiquinho and Carlos Vinícius. We believe that in the most central area of the court will be Cervi, Florentino, Gabriel and Pizzi. Benfica is expected to adopt a somewhat defensive stance, but always trying to get into counterattacks. Coach Bruno Lage will not be able to count on Raúl de Tomás, Rafa Silva and Germán Conti, for having been injured.