Lyon plays host to Juventus in the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
The French side have endured a pretty average season in Ligue 1, sitting seventh in the table, well behind traditional rivals Marseille and league leaders Paris Saint Germain.
Juventus come into this one as heavy favourites but will not be taking their opponents lightly. The Serie A champions have made no secret of their desire to bring the Champions League trophy home to Turin making this fixture hugely important to their season ambitions.
Can Maurizio Sarri’s men prevail? Here’s our preview, predictions, confirmed lineups and TV information ahead of the big clash:
When is Lyon vs Juventus and where can I watch live?
Competition: Champions League
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport
Online & live stream options: UK audiences with a BT Sport subscription can watch online or live stream through their app.
Last four meetings: Lyon vs Juventus
03 April 2014: Lyon 0-1 Juventus (Europa League)
10 April 2014: Juventus 2-1 Lyon (Europa League)
18 October 2016: Lyon 0-1 Juventus (Champions League)
02 November 2016: Juventus 1-1 Lyon (Champions League)
Aggregate Score: Lyon (DLLL) 2-5 Juventus (DWWW)
Ones to watch
Lyon: Thiago Mendes
With Champions League group stage hero Memphis Depay out with a knee injury, the onus will lie with Lyon’s other big-name players Moussa Dembele and Thiago Mendes, to come up with the goods on Wednesday.
Depay will be sorely missed but Dembele should be able to pick up where his teammate left off if he gets the service. He could produce the same form he has shown in the French top-flight in the Champions League but will need Thiago Mendes to continue to produce the creative performances that has seen him lead the side in assists this season.
Key stat: No Lyon player has more assists in Ligue 1 than Thiago Mendes (6).
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Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo for one reason, to win the Champions League. He is a man with huge experience and pedigree in this competition and remains the most influential figure in Juve’s ranks.
His record speaks for itself, but his attitude and application on the pitch rubs off on those around him and has helped lift the Old Lady after several flat performances in their domestic championship this season.
He will be vital to the Italian club’s chances of progression and overall ability to win this competition.
Key stat: No player has scored more goals in the Champions League than Cristiano Ronaldo (128).
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The important thing for Lyon will be to make sure they stay in this tie and so don’t expect them to be too expansive.
Juventus know they can take advantage by grabbing an away goal which will put them in the driving seat as they head back to Turin for the second leg in three weeks time so they will want to make sure they find the net at least once.
You look at the overall quality Sarri has at his disposal and it is hard to see past a Juve win in this one.