Villarreal and Lyon continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly clash in Murcia, Spain, on Thursday at 7pm.
The Yellow Submarine are searching for their first win of the summer, while Lyon have tasted victory in all three of their friendlies so far.
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Scoreline prediction: Villarreal 1-1 Lyon
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Villarreal vs Lyon pre-match info and previous line-ups:
Heading into the new campaign as Europa League winners and with Champions League football to look forward to, there is plenty of pressure on Villarreal to deliver in 2021/22. It’s still early days, but Unai Emery will be looking for a better outcome than the 3-2 defeat they suffered to local rivals Valencia in their first friendly last week.
Much of the talk about Lyon this summer has been about losing Memphis Depay to Barcelona and how they’re going to adjust to life without the Dutchman. But the early pre-season signs are good. Following 5-1 and 2-0 wins over Bourg-en-Bresse and FC Villefranche Beaujolais, Peter Bosz’s men thrashed a Wolfsburg side with one of the best defensive records in the Bundesliga last season 4-1.
- Villarreal (vs Valencia): Rulli; Peña, Mandi, Funes Mori, Moreno; Raba, Capoue, Trigueros, Ontiveros; Pino; Niño.
- Lyon (vs Wolfsburg): Pollersbeck; Gusto, Lukeba, Marcelo, Cornet; Caqueret, Aouar; Cherki, Lucas, Ekambi; Dembele.
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Dembele insists he’s happy at Lyon despite exit rumours
After scoring one goal in just 16 games at the start of last season, Moussa Dembele was loaned out to Atletico Madrid as he went in search of consistency, though he didn’t find it, failing to score in seven outings.
Upon his return to Lyon, Dembele was met with a new manager in the form of Peter Bosz, with speculation rife that the Frenchman didn’t want to remain at the club following the coaching change.
But Dembele has recently moved to pour cold water on the rumours, insisting he’s always been happy at Lyon and that his wish is to continue on with the club in the foreseeable future. Any Celtic fans looking on hoping their club would receive a sell-on fee from Lyon will have to wait a little longer for now.
“I never said I wanted to leave. I get on well with the manager and my teammates and that has not changed since my first day at OL,” he said. “I hope it will continue like that.
“The rumours of me leaving were not true. I said I was happy here and we move on.”
Prior to 2020/21, Dembele netted 44 goals in 92 games across all competitions during his first two seasons at Lyon, proving he can, indeed, cut it consistently at this level. With Depay now in Barcelona, the 25-year-old will have even more pressure on him to spearhead Bosz’s attack.
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