Villarreal and Olympique Lyonnais face each other at Camp El Madrigal, in a second leg of this stage of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals), after in the first leg Olympique Lyonnais won at home (3-1). The history of recent direct confrontations between these two teams indicates total balance, since there was 1 victory for each team in the last 2 games. In this match, the home factor can be decisive, since Olympique Lyonnais presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Despite the disadvantage of 2 goals in the first leg, the home team will try to take advantage of having scored 1 goal away in that match. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 16 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Espanyol by (1-1). In the last 10 home matches Villarreal has won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 5 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 22 of the last 25 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 18 out of 25 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Villarreal return to play at home, after two consecutive exhibitions away from their fans, which should not be very satisfied with the performance of the club, since it has won only one victory in the last five games and is now winless four matches, having suffered three straight losses in that period. But at least it returned to score in the last day of the Spanish league, in which it occupies the sixth position, when drawing out of house before the Espanyol. However, the defeat suffered in the first game of the 16-ao-final of the Europa League, against Lyon, will be somewhat difficult to reverse, although the goal scored away from home may be important. For this duel, the technician is expected to organize the team in 4-3-1-2, with a highlight for Raba acting on the right side.
The away team comes to this second leg with a 2-goal lead, but suffered 1 goal at home in the first leg. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in away matches, with 37 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 30 goals scored and 17 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Lille by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches Olympique Lyonnais has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 5 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency to have goals, since in 31 of their last 35 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 25 of the last 35 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Lyon have been making a good campaign this season, as they occupy the fourth position in the French championship, but they do not live one of their best moments, since they have accumulated three defeats in the last six games. In his last match, for the national championship, he played a balanced game against Lille, and even after having achieved a 0x2 advantage in the first half, he allowed the owners of the house to achieve a draw. His last victory was just against Villarreal, for the Europa League, in which he managed to take advantage of the field to build a good lead and thus lead the classification for the last 16. The 4-2-3-1 must be the tactical system used in this duel, which will not have the presence of left-back Fernando Marçal, due to suspension.
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