Gent vs Lyon Prediction and Preview – 16/09/15
Champions League preview – Gent vs Lyon prediction
Gent will have to make do without a couple of defenders for their opening match in this season’s Champions League. Both Erik Johansson and Ursos Vitas are out injured, meaning that Rafinha and Lasse Nielsen could be in line for a start at the heart of the defence.
The big loss for Lyon is talented forward Nabil Fekir, who is a long term absentee and will not play a part in the group stages of the Champions League. With Fekir out, Claudio Beauvue is likely to start up-front alongside Alexandre Lacazette, with Mathieu Valbuena offering creativity just behind the two strikers.
Gent: 4-2-1-3 formation: Sels; Foket, Rafinha, Nielsen, Asare; Kums, Neto; Matton; Raman, Depoitre, Simon
Lyon: 4-3-1-2 formation: Lopes; Jallet, Yanga-Mbiwa, Umtiti, Bedimo; Ferri, Gonalons, Tolisso; Valbuena; Lacazette, Beauvue
- Gent have won 4 and drawn 6 of their last 10 matches
- Lyon have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 5 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Gent have scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 0.8 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Lyon have scored an average of 0.8 goals and conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 2 of Gent’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Lyon’s previous 10 matches
Gent have been struggled to live up to the heights of last season and currently find themselves in 6th place in the Pro League table. Having said that, the club are still unbeaten this season, drawing 5 and winning 2 of their matches to date. They have been most impressive in defence, whereas scoring goals has been a bit more of a problem.
Lyon’s hopes of progress from a group also containing Valencia and Zenit have been hit with the loss of exciting talent Nabil Fekir. Domestic league form has been a bit of a mixed bag, leaving them in 6th place, 5 points off the leaders PSG. Manager Hubert Fournier knows that his team need to make a good start in Belgium, if they are to stand any chance of qualification.
This has the makings of a close match, with little in the way of goal scoring action.
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