Olympique Lyonnais and Villarreal face each other in Parc Olympique Lyonnais, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). There is only a record of 1 direct confrontation in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 26-07-2015, which ended with the victory of Villarreal by (0-2). Attention to the home factor, since Olympique Lyonnais usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 2nd position of Group E, with 11 points won. 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 and 4 losses in away matches, with 37 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 31 goals scored and 16 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home defeat with Rennes by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions Olympique Lyonnais has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 26 of the last 27 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 20 of the last 27 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal.
This will be a game of great importance to the owners of the house, they know they need to achieve a good result so as not to be surprised inside the house and end up complicating their situation for the game back, away from home. The home team will have to go with everything about their opponent, but can not be defensively neglected, because they know the importance of not suffering goals against their fans. The coach must take to the field what is best available to him.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after having finished the group stage in the 1st position of Group A, with 11 points won. This is a team that shows similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, as in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they lost with Deportivo Alavés at home (1-2). In their last away game, for the First Division, they lost by (2-1) against Real Betis. In the last 10 away matches Villarreal has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 16 of the last 33 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 20 out of 33 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
This must be a very complicated game for the visitors, since they will act against a very strong team inside the house and that usually creates many difficulties for their opponents. The Villarreal team will need to be attentive throughout the 90 minutes, to try not to make mistakes and look for at least a draw. The coach of the visiting team must take the team to a field with a more defensive stance, because he knows that if he does not suffer goals, he will get close to a good result for the return game.
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