Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Manchester City continue their quest to ensure that this season does not end trophyless for them when they take on Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League quarter-final this Saturday evening. The tie will be decided over one leg and is being played on neutral ground in Lisbon, so the challenge is unusual for both sides.
Here, we’ll take a closer look at the teams and the match for you, and point you in the direction of where the best betting value can be found in what should be a cracking game for TV viewers.
Pep Guardiola’s City side may have failed to win the Premier League and the FA Cup this season, but they still have an excellent chance of taking home some silverware via the Champions League. They looked in impressive form in the last round, beating Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate. They also reached the knock-out stages by winning Group C without losing a game. Some key players will be absent with injury on Saturday, however, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, among others, on the sidelines. There is also some doubt about the participation of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who has a knee injury that looks likely to have ended his season.
Lyon reached the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks mainly to their unbeaten home record in Group G. They finished second in the group with just eight points, so were lucky to get through. They took a major scalp in the last round of the Champions League, though, reaching the quarter finals with an away goals aggregate victory over Serie A giants Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo and all. Former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay could be a key man. In his six Champions League outings this season, the Dutchman has scored six goals.
These two sides have clashed in just two games before now, in the group stages of the Champions League in the 2018/19 competition. It was the French outfit who ended up with a slight edge from those two games. They won the first game in Manchester 2-1, thanks to goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir. Bernardo Silva struck for City that night. Cornet is priced at 22/1 by Betway to be his team’s first goalscorer on Saturday, which is strange as he is actually on the injured list. Bernardo Silva is priced at 7/1 by the same bookie to be City’s first scorer.
The second clash between the sides in France ended in a 2-2 draw. All of the goals came in the second half, with that man Cornet opening the scoring in the 55th minute. City then equalised via Aymeric Laporte before Cornet struck again to restore Lyon’s lead with nine minutes of normal time remaining. Sergio Aguero levelled things up again just two minutes later.
This is a fixture that has produced three goals in each previous game. If you think that three goals will be scored on Saturday in Lisbon then Betway are offering a price of 3/4 on City to win and the game featuring more than 1.5 goals.
It’s worth noting that the rules around substitutions will be different from a normal Champions League tie. The teams will be allowed to have 23 players named on the team sheet rather than 18, something that is not usually allowed until the competition’s final. The sides will also be allowed to make five substitutions during the match rather than the usual three. They can only make substitutions at three points during the game, though, with one additional substitution allowed during extra time. How that might affect the game remains to be seen. If you think that the game might go to extra time, Betway are offering odds of 9/1 on City to win after extra time.
Our recommended tip for this match comes from Betway, who are offering a price of 2/1 on City to win with both teams scoring. In both their previous meetings there has been at least three goals scored, so this looks like a good bet to us. We think that City will win the game pretty convincingly, probably by two clear goals, but we also expect Lyon to pose a challenge and score at least once. City have tended to concede even when winning games since football resumed post-lockdown. A price of 2/1 on them winning but also conceding therefore looks pretty good to us.