Thursday, starting at 18:00, the Villarreal – Lyon match will be played out of the 16th European League Final. We anticipate a balanced match with a small advantage on the side of the guests.
Yeah, 18:00: Villarreal – Lyon
The hosts managed to score in Lyon and thus keep chances in qualifying. However, Depay’s goal at the end of the match has put the French in a position that is extremely favorable to the advent in the upper stages of the competition. After the match with Espanyol in the last round of LaLiga, Villarreall fell to 6 and if they did not return soon, they risked losing this place, the last one leading to the European Cups. Without winning the match with Sociedad in late January and having been in for over a month since they have not managed to resist a game without a goal, the “yellow submarine” does not look too balls. For Thursday’s match they will be injured Fernandez, Semedo, Soriano, Sansone and Guerrera. For this reason, we will probably see a 4-3-1-2 little improvised with Cherysev coming in front of Bacca. This band could yield offensive, but the lack of midfield players could “break the team in two” and save extraordinary spaces at the time of the attack, which players like Fekir can take advantage of. On the field in the Villarreal matches, he won only one victory, another very important factor.
On the other side, Lyon “managed” to stop with Lille so their chances for a podium place fell dramatically. Now Depay & Co is 6 points from Marseille and 7 from Monaco. It would seem that since they have managed to pass on the field of PSG, OL has lost focus and only accounted for good when it is mediocre. For this game Fekir, Aouar and Marcelo were resting in the match with Lille and Tete was suspended then, so they should attack this game with fresh forces. Fernando Marcal is suspended for the Thursday match due to the cumulus of yellow cards, but after all this is not a big problem. An interesting fact is that we might see the Memphis Depay in the bank, just like in the tour, and he will enter after the break. Although many expect to see a team from Villarreal who will start the match directly in attack, if we look a little at the seriousness with which OL is preparing for this game, although already have 3-1, we make think that the French they will not underestimate the Iberians.
Villarreal: Asenjo- Gaspar, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Costa-Raba, Rodri, Trigueros- Fornals- Bacca, Cherysev.
Lyon: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Morel, Mendy – Tousart, NDombele – Traore, Fekir, Aouar, Mariano.
Finally, we believe that this game is announced to be similar to the one on the tour, but we only refer to the number of goals. Although a goal from Lyon would practically solve this double hand, we think the French will rely on defending. However, skill chances might be balanced only by a potential red card for guests.
PREDICTION: Villarreal to win @ 2.00