Juventus will look to overturn a narrow first-leg loss when they host Lyon at the Allianz Stadium in this UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg. Lucas Tousart scored the all-important goal for Lyon in the home leg, as Juventus missed a couple of golden chances to snatch a vital away goal.
Juventus are fresh from securing their ninth successive Serie A title after doing most of the work before lockdown. In fact, their recent form is shabby with three losses in the last four matches – although those came after Juventus have sealed the title. Regardless, Juventus have found the going tough post lockdown, as they have won just six of 14 competitive matches, drawing three and losing five. That said, Juve’s form in the Champions League gives hope to their fans. The ‘Old Lady’ have lost only one of their last seven matches in this competition, winning five and drawing one. Playing at home, Juventus have won five of their last six matches in this competition raising further hopes.
Lyon took a deserved lead in the first-leg and went on to hold that. However, the visitors have struggled on their trips and look every bit vulnerable. They have already lost to Zenit and Benfica in the group stages and will feel under the pump. More so because their competitive away record is equally under the lens – Lyon losing four of their last five competitive away matches. The curtailed Ligue 1 campaign hasn’t helped, as Lyon have been away from competitive action since early March. Mixed results in the warm-up games where they lost 2-0 to Rangers before defeating Celtic 2-1 doesn’t help them one bit. Memphis Depay is expected to recover fully and lead the charge, as Lyon look to complete the surprise.
Juventus have a history of overturning deficits like they did last year against Atletico Madrid at this stage. After losing the first leg 2-0, Juventus won 3-0 in Turin to send the Spanish side packing. Furthermore, Juventus have a good record against French sides, winning six of their last nine matches against those teams losing just once. Lyon haven’t played competitive football since the pandemic break, as Ligue 1 was cancelled. Although they played a couple of warm-up games, Lyon will certainly feel under-cooked compared to their hosts who have been warming up with Serie A action. We are backing Juventus to complete a win and progress to the next round.