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Champions League Round Of 16 : Juventus Vs Lyon Match Preview, Line Up, Team News, Live Info

Juventus Vs Lyon
(Champions League)
1.30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Full Time
Man Of The Match - H.Aouar
Juventus XI:
Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot, Cuadrado, Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lyon XI:
Lopes, Marçal, Marcelo, Denayer, Dubois, Tousart, Guimaraes, Aouar, Cornet, Ekambi, Dembele.

Match Preview

Juventus face Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie having regained their spot at the top of the Serie A standings.

Despite going unbeaten in their last two matches, Lyon head into the contest with the Italian giants sitting in seventh position in Ligue 1.

While Juventus returning to first place in Serie A has been the biggest plus point for the club in recent weeks, it is difficult to ignore the contribution of Cristiano Ronaldo.

During Saturday's win at Sassuolo, the Portuguese superstar netted in his 11th successive league fixture, equalling the long-standing record held by Gabriel Batistuta.

Coincidentally, achieving the feat came in his 1,000th game as a professional, and the 35-year-old will now have his sights set on trying to winning another Champions League crown with a third different club.

Although they are clear favourites to progress, Maurizio Sarri will want to see more from his team, who have been making a habit of failing to show a ruthless streak in the final third.

However, another plus point from the weekend was Aaron Ramsey getting on the scoresheet, with the Welshman netting just his third goal of the campaign at a time when he is being linked with a return to the Premier League.

As far as Lyon are concerned, they have endured one of their worst domestic campaigns in years, sitting seven points adrift of third-placed Rennes.

Nevertheless, there is still the belief that Rudi Garcia's team are capable of beating anyone on their day, especially at the Groupama Stadium.

Garcia will hope that being easily defeated by Paris Saint-Germain on February 9 will be the turning point for his side, who have since conceded just one goal in three matches.

That includes a 2-0 success at Metz at the weekend, which saw Lyon net both of their goals in the final minute of either half.

Since earning a place in the knockout stages of this competition, Lyon have only suffered three defeats from 16 matches, something which they will take confidence from ahead of welcoming one of the leading contenders for the trophy.

Team News And Statistics

The big news for Lyon is the absence of their standout player in the Champions League group stages, Memphis Depay. The Dutchman is sidelined with a knee injury after scoring in five of their six matches in the competition this season and will not play again in 2019-20.

They are also missing Jeff Reine-Adélaïde and Youssef Kone who have knee and ankle injuries respectively. Both Rafael and Léo Dubois are doubts ahead of the fixture although the latter is expected to be fit in time. Oumar Solet is not expected to feature..

Predicted XI : Lopes; Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Marçal; Guimaraes, Thiago Mendes, Aouar; Toko Ekambi, Dembélé, Cornet..

    Juve are without too many injury concerns. Douglas Costa is the big absentee after the Brazilian picked up a knee injury. They will also be missing Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira.

Merih Demiral is the other player expected to miss out while Gonzalo Higuain is doubtful with a back injury.

Predicted XI Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Matuidi, Ramsey, Bentancur; Cuadrado, Ronaldo, Dybala.

Sports Track Score Prediction

JUVENTUS [ 2 ] - [ 1 ] LYON
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