Manchester City vs Lyon Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks

Manchester City vs Lyon 2020

  • Manchester City eased past Real Madrid in the last round and have designs on the trophy
  • Lyon’s goals are more modest but their shock result against Juventus made Europe sit up and take notice
  • City are in an excellent rhythm and should prove too strong for their latest opponents

Manchester City vs Lyon Odds

To win both halves
Manchester City+190
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Manchester City vs Lyon Predictions and Picks

Lyon may have lost 2-1 to Juventus last week, but that was sufficient for them to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals. It was quite the upset, particularly as the French outfit managed to advance despite the best efforts of the brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo.

Beating Manchester City will surely be a bridge too far, however. Pep Guardiola’s men were always in control against Real Madrid and they have the potential to overwhelm Lyon on Saturday. Back the last Premier League team standing to win both halves of this quarter-final clash.

Lyon is a decent team on their day but will struggle to resist their opponents’ incredible attacking quality.

Pick:

Manchester City to win both halves +190

How to Watch Manchester City vs Lyon

Manchester City vs Lyon Information
WhatManchester City vs Lyon
WhereEstadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
WhenSaturday, 15 August, 3 PM ET
How to WatchCBS All Access

Manchester City on Course for Semi-Finals but Question Marks Remain

Manchester City faced a potentially tricky 90 minutes when they faced Real Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Friday. Some teams would not know how best to approach the return fixture with a 2-1 aggregate lead and facing a strong opponent, but City managed the game very well in the circumstances.

Any suggestions that they might adopt a more reactive approach than normal were dispelled early on, as City pushed up the pitch and pressed Madrid in their own defensive third. It was an approach that bore fruit when Raphael Varane was robbed of possession by Gabriel Jesus, allowing Raheem Sterling to open the scoring.

Madrid did have subsequent spells of pressure but it always felt like City were in control of the situation, and they wrapped up another 2-1 defeat of the Spanish champions through the excellent Jesus in the second half.

Overturning the first-leg deficit was always going to be a tall order for Madrid, but they will be a little disappointed by how few clear-cut chances they created. Lyon will hope to better take advantage of City’s primary weakness – a defensive vulnerability that can lead to the team’s structure being exploited in phases of transition.

Lyon Have Exceeded Expectations Already but Their Run Surely Ends Here

That is, however, easier said than done. The Ligue 1 season was curtailed before it reached its natural 38-game conclusion, but Lyon was only seventh at the point of its abandonment – meaning they will not participate in European competition next term. Despite their domestic struggles, they have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to an away-goals victory over Juventus, a continental heavyweight.

A 2-1 loss to the Serie A side was enough for Lyon to progress to the last eight, but getting the better of City will be even tougher. One thing that could work in their favor is the fact this tie will now be settled by just a single-match rather than over two legs – the change of format necessitated by a lack of time should give the underdogs a better chance of pulling off a shock.

Lyon’s team is not without talent. Memphis Depay may well secure a big-money move elsewhere this summer; Moussa Dembele, formerly of Fulham and Celtic, has also been linked with several larger clubs around Europe; and Houssem Aouar is one of Europe’s brightest young midfield talents. City will not take anything for granted, but it is difficult to see Lyon’s backline being able to stand up to the considerable challenge awaiting it.

City’s Firepower Is Unmatched Across Europe and That Will Fire Them to Victory

Indeed, Rudi Garcia’s men are probably facing the best-attacking unit in European soccer, with the possible exception of Bayern Munich (the team that is favorite to face the winner of this tie in the semi-finals). Even if Sergio Aguero is not fit enough to return for Saturday’s clash, Guardiola will be able to fashion a terrific forward line out of Jesus, Sterling, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez.

It is the team’s overall philosophy, as well as the individuals at their disposal, that makes City such a formidable force. As they demonstrated against Real Madrid, Guardiola’s side always takes a front-foot approach and that will be no different here, with Lyon likely to have to withstand some heavy pressure from the very first whistle. City will seek a fast start, knowing that their opponents will grow in confidence if the game drags on at 0-0.

If City takes the lead as expected, Lyon will need to push forward and commit bodies to attack – which could in turn see them picked off by the English side. Lyon is certainly capable of causing City problems if they can get enough of the ball, but the superior quality of Guardiola’s side will ultimately tell. City looks well placed to mount a strong challenge for the Champions League this season, and it is hard to see Lyon halting their progress here.

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