Juventus play host to Lyon this Champions League Last 16, second leg. The match will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Torino, Italy. However, from the quarter-final stage, all ties will be played in a single-match knockout format and played at neutral venues. This is due to UEFA’s changes to the competition format to complete the Champions League this season in a short period of time.
Juventus v Lyon: 1st Leg Highlights
Lyon take a slender 1-0 lead to Turin thanks to Lucas Tousart’s left-footed strike thirty-minutes into the first-leg. The goal was brilliantly created by their star midfielder Houssem Aouar.
It was a clever throw-in routine that Lyon took advantage of a 2v2 situation on Juventus’ right flank. Aouar managed to find some space, get in behind the defence and cut the ball back for Tousart to curl one into the top corner from close range.
Juventus v Lyon Preview: Form Guide
Juventus’ form coming into this match isn’t great. Did they simply ease off the pedal once they felt the Serie A title was secure, or is there more to it than that? Regardless of the reason why, winning just two of their last eight games will be unacceptable to fans of the Old Lady.
They picked up 1.67 PPG post-restart. This would also equate to just 63.5 points over a full 38-game season. A points total that would have seen them finish seventh in Serie A.
Lyon are in a very different situation. Their league season finished back in March with the FFF canceling Ligue 1. Their only competitive game in the last five months was the Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG. A match they ultimately lost 6-5 on penalties.
In the twelve games prior to lockdown, they picked up 1.5 PPG. This would also equate to 57 points over a full 38-game season. However, it is doubtful that form prior to the lockdown holds any significance.
Juventus v Lyon Preview: Juventus’ Performance Graph
Juventus v Lyon Preview: Lyon’s Performance Graph
Juventus v Lyon Preview: Main Goalscorers
In the Champions League, the top scorer for Juventus is Paulo Dybala with three goals. The newly-crowned Seria A MVP is Juve’s second-top scorer in the league this season, with eleven league goals.
Despite scoring only two goals in the Champions League this season, Cristiano Ronaldo likely remains the main threat for Juventus. He has thirty-one league goals this season, second only to Ciro Immobile for the Capocannoniere.
Memphis Depay has been Lyon’s main goal threat in Europe this season. He has five goals in the Champions League this campaign thus far.
Sixteen-goal Moussa Dembele that leads Lyon’s scoring charts for goal in Ligue 1. Only Ben Yedder of Monaco and Kylian Mbappé of PSG have scored more in Ligue 1 this season, both of whom scored eighteen.
Highlights of Juventus’ last match
Highlights of Lyon’s last match
CraqueStats Predicts: Juventus 3 v 1 Lyon
Lyon could struggle with the pace of the game given their lack of competitive football recently. Juventus also have Cristiano Ronaldo who always seems to find an extra couple of gears in the knockout stages of this competition.
The winner of this match faces the winner of Manchester City v Real Madrid in the Quarter-Finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Click here to read our in-depth preview of the other UEFA Champions League last 16 match between Manchester City v Real Madrid.
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