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Lyon vs Villarreal Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview

Lyon vs Villarreal Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
0:2 v Rennes
3:2 at Monaco
3:1 at Bordeaux
2:1 v Paris SG
0:2 at Guingamp
1:1 v Angers
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Europe League
1:2 v Alaves
2:1 at Betis
4:2 v Sociedad
2:1 v Levante
0:1 at Real Madrid
1:1 v La Coruna

Lyon take on Villareal in Europa League action this Thursday. Read the match predictions to find out why Lyon are the betting tip at the Groupama Stadium.

Olympique Lyonnais v Villarreal CF TIPS

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Lyon vs Villarreal Preview

Lyon have lost three of their last four games with their only win coming from a 2-1 victory over Montpellier in the Coupe de France last week. Their most recent game was a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Rennes which leaves them in fourth position in Ligue 1, five points adrift of second-placed Monaco who are currently sitting in the second Champions League spot along with PSG. Their home form this season has been excellent, losing just twice and proving they are hard to break down at the Groupama Stadium.

Lyon manager Bruno Génésio will have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Rafael who is still out through injury. Génésio will likely rotate his squad after the loss against Rennes on Sunday and is expected to recall ex-Manchester United midfielder, Memphis Depay who will replace Bertrand Traoré.

Villareal have lost two on the trot against Betis and most recently, Alaves following a four-match winning streak in La Liga. They have now dropped five points below Real Madrid who claim the last of the four Champions League spots for next season. Finding the net away from home has been an issue for Villareal and they have failed to score more than one goal in any game on the road since November. However, Lyon only managed to keep one clean sheet in the eight Europa League matches so far and so Villareal manager Javier Calleja will looking for his side to get on the scoresheet and grab a vital away goal in this first leg.

Lyon have a handful of players out through injury including Ramiro Guerra, Andrés Fernández, Bruno Soriano, Rúben Semedo and Nicola Sansone. Calleja will most likely rotate his squad from that which suffered defeat to Alaves on Saturday with Columbian Roger Martínez being replaced by Turkish striker Enes Ünal while Dani Raba and Rodri should replace Samu Castillejo and Javi Fuego in midfield.


Lyon vs Villarreal Betting Tips

  • Lyon have won 6 drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
  • Villarreal have won 6 drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Lyon have scored an average of 1.8 goals and conceded an average of 1.6 goals per game
  • Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Villarreal have scored an average of 1.4 goals and conceded an average of 1 goal per game
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Lyon’s previous 10 matches
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Villarreal’s previous 10 matches

Lyon vs Villarreal Predictions

Neither side are in the best of form with both having recently suffered multiple defeats. It’s likely to be a close game but given that Lyon have the home advantage and their enouraging performances and results so far in the competition, they could sneak a home win which will put them in good stead for the second leg at Estadio de la Cerámica in a weeks time.


Team Lineups

Lyon Villarreal
4-2-3-1 4-1-2-1-2

Anthony Lopes

Sergio Asenjo



Jeremy Morel

Fernando Marcal


Alvaro Gonzalez

Victor Ruiz

Jaume Costa

Mario Gaspar


Bertrand Traore

Nabil Fekir

Houssem Aouar

Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro

Lucas Tousart

Manuel Trigueros

Pablo Fornals

Rodrigo Hernandez

Samuel Castillejo


Mariano Diaz

Carlos Bacca

Denis Cheryshev


Mathieu Gorgelin

Pape Cheikh

Mouctar Diakhaby

Gnaly Maxwell Cornet

Memphis Depay

Jordan Ferri

Ferland Mendy

Mariano Damian Barbosa

Daniele Bonera

Enes Unal

Daniel Raba

Javi Fuego

Roberto Soriano

Antonio Rukavina


Bruno Genesio

Javi Calleja

RECENT Head To Head

22 Feb 2018
Europe League

Head to Head Statistics

Last 1 matches

Lyon Villarreal
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
Shots on Target
0 0
Yellow Cards
0 0
Red Cards
0 0

The only meeting between these two sides was in 2015 where Villareal recorded a 2-0 victory away from home in the Emirates Cup.

Both sides show similar form with 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw from their last 10 matches.

Live Lyon v Villarreal Updates

Alvaro Gonzalez
Denis Cheryshev
Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro
Nabil Fekir
in Enes Unal
out Samuel Castillejo
Pablo Fornals
in Memphis Depay
out Houssem Aouar
Fernando Marcal
in Roberto Soriano
out Denis Cheryshev
in Gnaly Maxwell Cornet
out Bertrand Traore
Memphis Depay
in Ferland Mendy
out Rafael
in Daniel Raba
out Pablo Fornals
Rodrigo Hernandez

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