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Lyon vs Juventus Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1 Odds & Pick

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer News

Feb 23, 2020 · 7:33 AM PST

Cristiano Ronaldo pointing in response during a soccer match.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during an Italian Cup round of 4 first round soccer match between Inter Milan and Juventus at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Feb.2, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Juventus will Travel to Lyon for the first leg of the UCL round of 16 on Wednesday
  • Maurizio Sarri’s side finished first in Group D, while Lyon came second in Group G
  • Get the odds, pick, and betting preview for Wednesday’s clash below

Juventus will look to continue their impressive form in European competition when they take on Lyon this Wednesday, Feb. 25, with kick-off at 3pm ET. The current Serie A leaders enjoyed a solid group stage in UCL play, finishing atop Group D after going undefeated in six matches.

Meanwhile, French side Lyon just sneaked into the round of 16, advancing out of Group G alongside German powerhouse RB Leipzig. Rudi Garcia’s side finished 2-2-2.

Lyon vs Juventus UCL Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Lyon +0.5 (+102) +310 Ov 2.5 (+102)
Juventus -0.5 (-118) -118 Un 2.5 (-118)

Odds taken Feb 22

Can Juve Make a Run at UCL Glory?

This is the first season in many years that Juventus has been given a run for their money in Italy’s top flight. The title race in Serie A is one of the closest in recent memory, with Inter, Juve, and Lazio all fighting it out.

However, European Football is a completely different story. Sarri’s men impressed in the group stages though, but they weren’t necessarily matched with a difficult group. Atletico Madrid was the only team that posed a threat to Juve, with Zenit St. Petersburg and Bayer Leverkusen rounding out the group.

This is the sixth straight season that Cristiano Ronaldo and co. have advanced to the final 16 in Europe’s most prized competition. They’ve made it into the quarterfinals in four of the last five years as well, with the exception of 2015/16 when Bayern Munich knocked them out in the round of 16. The Bianconeri are also unbeaten against French opponents in their last eight matches, winning six and drawing twice.

Juve has never lost to Lyon in European competition, so they’re definitely a huge favorite to advance in this tie and continue their streak against the Ligue 1 side.

Lyon Face Tough Test

Lyon was lucky enough to advance to the last 16 after a heroic comeback to secure a crucial point against Leipzig on matchday six that saw them through to the next round. But they will face an extremely daunting task in Italian giants Juventus.

Memphis Depay is out for the year with a knee injury, the man who scored the equalizer against Leipzig. His absence has definitely been felt, with Lyon currently in seventh place in the French top flight. Their hopes of securing a top-four finish are sliding, so Garcia’s men will be hungry to make a run at European glory this year. They have had little success against Italian oppositions in this competition though, winning just twice while losing five times in two-leg ties against Serie A counterparts.

Lyon will be looking to Moussa Dembele to provide some brilliance in the final third, with the Frenchman already netting 14 goals this season. However, he’s scoreless in six UCL appearances this term.

Lyon vs Juventus UCL Stats

2-2-2(2nd in Group G) Results in Group Stage 5-1-0(1st in Group D)
9 Goals Scored 12
8 Goals Conceded 4
10-7-9(7th in Ligue 1) Results in League Play 19-3-3(1st in Serie A)

Juve is Best Bet

Juventus has soared through every match in this year’s UCL campaign with the exception of a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on matchday one. With Lyon struggling in domestic play and barely making it through to the next round in Europe, I expect Juve to convincingly win this clash. Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to light up the scoresheet in UCL competition, bagging a goal on Wednesday at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Pick: Juventus -0.5 (-118) and ML (-118)

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