Lyon vs Wolfsburg: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
The six-time holders and defending champions of the women’s Champions League – Lyon – face Wolfsburg this weekend in the final itself at the Anoeta Stadium in the Basque Country.
Can Jean-Luc Vasseur’s team secure a seventh European title, or will their 2013 defeat to this Sunday’s opponents repeat again in the heartland of Spain? Take a read of our Lyon vs Wolfsburg predictions and betting tips below to get the inside scoop…
Is the stage set for another Champions League final victory for Lyon?
Lyon vs Wolfsburg Preview
The current holders were made to work for passage into this weekend’s final at the hands of a Nikita Parris-led Paris Saint-Germaine. Yet just as it unfolded in domestic ventures, PSG were made to watch as Lyon once again emerged as victors.
It was a solitary goal that did the damage in the form of a towering header from captain Wendie Renard, a six-time winner of this competition. However, there were plenty of moments were Les Gones could’ve added to the score-board, from Lucy Bronze’s attacking charges into the central third, to Eugenie Le Sommer’s chances at goal.
The only moment of reprieve that PSG did get were through pressing the Lyon back four, led by Kadadiatou Diani running from the left while Perle Morroni got forward on the other side. Instead, from these moments of intensity a chance arose for Delphine Cascarino, too quick to be caught by the opposition defence.
Fortunately it was a chance that wasn’t converted, despite Lyon going down to 10 women with their talisman Parris sent off – and out of the final.
They now face Wolfsburg in the final, who had their own battles to fight against Barcelona in the second of the semifinals. Just like in the PSG-Lyon clash, it was another single goal that won the game, this time from Fridolina Rolfo from close range in the 58th minute, despite the likes of Asisat Oshoala in great scoring form.
Whether they can scrape past the holders themselves this weekend, however, is another question altogether.
Lyon vs Wolfsburg Betting Tips & Predictions
Wolfsburg were on debut when they beat Lyon 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 2013 final. It was a result, a blip, a glitch in the matrix that would never unfold again as Vasseur’s side went on to completely dominate the pinacle of women’s European football, with very few teams able to reach that same peak.
Having a level of experience in Champions League finals that perhaps only only the Real Madrid men’s team can contest, while Wolfsburg last encounter was that 2013 clash, only amps up our predictions and their role as betting favourites.
Even aside from that though, the French champions have a side littered with World Cup winners, Euro besters, from Amandine Henry, Ada Hegenberg – former Ballon D’Or winner – Wendie Renard, and England’s Lucy Bronze. Here is a cohort that are as clinical as ruthless as you will come across; Wolfsburg’s semifinal opposition Barcelona pale in comparison when it comes to efficiency in front of goal.
While they may have scraped past the Blaugranes, despite facing a whole host of shots from Oshoala and co, the same won’t be permitted by Lyon’s mammoth back four.
The only potential point of weakness is that Lyon have got one day fewer to prepare, so that could be seen as an advantage their opposition – though anyone in the know would understand that this won’t change much, nor does it in our own predictions and betting tips.
Instead, it’s going to take an attacking masterclass from the ages from Wolfsburg’s Rolfo and co to deny Lyon a seventh Champions League title – a prognosis that, in our eyes, is not as wagerworthy as punting on another successive win for the holders.
A notable ommission from this weekend’s final? An Englishwoman….
Squawka Stat: The last time Lyon lost a game in this competition was in 2014 – how can Wolfsburg put a stop to their supremacy?
As mentioned before, having an extra day of preparation may aid Wolfsburg’s chances, though how this might ensue given Lyon’s European dominance is still beyond us.
However, PSG may have led the way in showing the Die Wolfe how to give the French club a run for their money – by pressing from the getgo. Indeed, where Lyon seem inihibited in their attack, it stemmed from being penned into their own half, which unfortunately the Parisians weren’t able to maintain for the 90.
Aaaand, there’s the added caveat of facing a side without the talisman that is Parris, courtesy of a double yellow she picked up against PSG.
Yet for all these factors, the supremacy Lyon possess in finals, and indeed, in their team, still remains: Wendie Renard has 100 + goals in centre back, Amandine Henry matches that, Le Sommer gives Christen Press a run for her money in that central role. And if all else fails, Cascarino is sure to provide the necessary goals from the flank with speedy link-up play alongside Bronze. Parris-less or not, Lyon simply possess too much firepower.
Paris Saint-Germaine 0-1 Lyon (26/08/20 – Champions League semifinal)
Lyon 2-1 Bayern Munich (22/08/20 – Champions League quarterfinal)
Lyon 7-0 Fortuna Hjorring (30/10/19 – Champions League RO16 Leg 2)
Fortuna Hjorring 0-4 Lyon (16/10/19 – Champions League RO16 Leg 1)
Wolfsburg 1-0 Barcelona (25/08/20 – Champions League semifinal)
Glassgow City 1-9 Wolfsburg (21/08/20 – Champions League quarterfinal)
Twente 0-1 Wolfsburg (30/10/19 – Champions League RO16 Leg 2)
Wolfsburg 6-0 Twente (16/10/10 – Champions League RO16 Leg 1)