Manchester City – Lyon | 15/08/2020

Manchester City take on Lyon in the last of the Champions League quarter-final ties in Lisbon on Saturday, aiming to reach the last four for just a second time.The Citizens knocked out perennial winners Real Madrid over two legs in the last round, while Lyon stunned Italian champions Juventus to progress.
The winners of this match at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, which will be played over just one leg, will face either Barcelona or Bayern Munich in next week’s semi-finals.

After a 4-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid in the previous round, Manchester City are massive favourites in this quarter-final clash at the neutral Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. They enter this battle unbeaten in nine UEFA Champions League (UCL) matches (W7, D2), with both teams scoring in the last six of those clashes.

In addition to the above, four of City’s last five UCL victories have produced a level HT scoreline. It is also worth noting that three of City’s last four UCL wins have produced exactly three second-half goals, with City’s second goal of the night coming from the penalty spot in two of that particular trio.

A win for Lyon seems like a distant prospect, and they will do well to avoid defending a spot kick against City of all teams. Notably, the opposition accounts for three of four total first-half penalties scored across their last two UCL fixtures drawn/lost.

Lyon looked a little rusty against Juve last time out and that is not at all surprising given that it was just their second competitive game in five months, the other being a defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de Ligue final on July 31.

This will be Lyon’s first appearance in the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2009-10, and they have progressed from just one of their previous four games at this stage, eliminating Bordeaux in 2009-10.

City are competing at the last-eight stage for a fourth time in five seasons, meanwhile, but they have advanced from just one of those previous ties – knocking out PSG in 2015-16 – and will certainly not take anything for granted on Saturday

Lyon have lost each of their last three UCL games played away from French soil, being outscored 3:1 across those defeats (GF 2, GA 6). Though only two of those eight goals came before the 40th minute, Lyon conceded exactly once in each half across that run of losses.

Date: 15/08/2020
Time: 22:00
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade (Lisbon)
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