Manchester City – Lyon SOCCER PICKS
Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais meet at Etihad Stadium, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 32 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses at their stadium, with 36 goals scored and 15 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Fulham by (3-0). In the last 10 home matches Manchester City has won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 24 of the last 30 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
Manchester City is a club that never managed to conquer the Champions League, but was already a Premier League champion five times in its history. In the 2017/18 Champions League, the English team made a relatively good campaign and managed to reach the quarterfinals, but was eliminated by Liverpool, 5-1. If we analyze the results obtained by Manchester City at the beginning of this season, it is possible to perceive that the team maintained an average of goals scored quite high in their games, since in the five official matches they played in the English championship they scored more than 1.5 goals in all and in three of these matches there were more than 2.5 goals. We believe that, by playing at home in such an important competition, the City has conditions to return to make a game with several goals.
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. 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 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 26 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses at their stadium, with 30 goals scored and 11 conceded. In the last match they played, for the League 1, they drew with Caen away by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches Olympique Lyonnais has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 32 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 6 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Lyon is a French club that has won seven Ligue 1 titles (French Championship), the last one in 2007/08. In addition, Lyon has five French Cups, one League Cup and eight Super Cups of France, among other national titles. In the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season, Lyon finished third and now, in this season of 2018/19, the team is in seventh place. In the last game he played in Ligue 1, Lyon led a game with four goals, as they drew level at Caen 2-2, thus showing offensive potential in away games. In this way, we believe that Lyon will be able to play a good game in Manchester City and will play a game with several goals.