Man City v Lyon Betting Preview, Odds, & Tips | 19th September
Catello Cuomo (@CatelloCuomo3) previews Manchester City v Lyon and provides us with his best bets for this Champions League clash, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Manchester City v Lyon Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 19/09/18
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport
It’s now been a decade since Sheikh Mansour bought Man City and helped turned them into a force in English Football. Three Premier League titles, three League Cups, two Community Shields and one FA Cup but one title eludes them.
Man City kick off their Champions League campaign at home to French side Lyon and are heavy favourites. This is their 8th consecutive season in the Champions League and will be looking to go one better than their Semi-Final defeat to Real Madrid in the 15/16 season.
Since their first venture into Champions League football, City have won just 45% (27/60) of their games. They’ve won 50% of their home games, but have improved on this stat since Pep Guardiola’s arrival, winning 7 of their 10 home games.
They crashed out in the Quarter Finals last season, losing 5-1 on aggregate to eventual finalists, Liverpool; They dominated the league last season, but you feel the need to progress further in the Champions League is a must.
Despite a solid start and an unbeaten in the season, City failed to beat newly promoted Wolves away from home, drawing 1-1 and had to rely on a Kyle Walker goal in their 2-1 home victory against Newcastle. Guardiola was not happy during their 3-0 victory over Fulham at the weekend claiming that his side was sloppy and made mistakes over the simple things.
Lyon finished 3rd last season in Ligue 1 and were the 2nd top scorers in the league, behind PSG. 55 league goals were scored between Depay, Mariano and Fekir which equated for 63% of their goals but they have dried up somewhat so far this season.
They have scored just 6 goals in 5 league games this season. Mariano made the return to Real Madrid in the summer as they signed him back. Depay and Fekir have just 1 goal each to their names so far this campaign. The singing of Moussa Dembele from Celtic is a good one and id expect him to score a few this season. Lyon have picked up just 2 wins in their 5 games, both at home and have lost one and drawn one on the road.
They return back to Champions League football since 2016 and they have picked up just 3 wins in their last 12 games, losing 6.
City will still be without Bravo, Sandler and De Bruyne and there are doubts over Mendy and Aguero. Mendy didnt feature against Fulham after complaining of discomfort in his knee and Aguero jarred his ankle during the Fulham game. Both will be assessed during the week but Guardiola will not want to take any risks as they approach a hectic fixture list
Lyon have no major concerns
Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson, Delph, Stones, Otamendi, Walker, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Jesus
Potential Lyon Starting XI: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy, Tousart, Ndombele, Traore, Fekir, Depay, Dembele
Head To Head
- This is the first time that these 2 sides will meet.
Key Stats & Facts
- Man City have failed to score in just 3 of their 30 home games in the Champions League.
- 6 of City’s last 10 home games in the Champions League have seen at least 3 goals, with 7 seeing both sides scoring.
- Man City have lost their last 2 home games in Champions League and have won just once in their last 5
- Lyon are unbeaten in their last 3 Champions League games.
- Just 3 of their last 10 Champions League games have seen at least 3 goals; just once in their last 9 away.
- Man City 1/5 Skybet
- Draw 15/2 Bet365
- Lyon 18/1 Bet365
Considering Man City’s recent Champions League form, 18/1 for Lyon to win is ridiculous (9/2 Double Chance). Guardiola is expecting a response from his men after his comments made to the press and I duly expect them to deliver. Lyon have been goal shy this season but they still carry a threat and Man City have proven many times that they aren’t shy to conceding a goal.
The odds on backing anything goal related are short and do not offer much value, and I’m put off from backing relating to Unders. City are just 4/7 to score at least 3 goals and Over 3.5 is 10/11, not too bad as the game could have goals. Both sides top their respective leagues in terms of corners. City have averaged over 8 corners a game and Lyon 6.5.