UEFA Champions’ League Group F preview: Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais – The Etihad Stadium – September 19, 2018 – 20:00 hrs BST – 1st leg clash
Manchester City V Lyon Tips
Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais Correct Score Tips
Manchester City 3-1 Lyon @ 10/1 with Bet365 Odds *
Manchester City 2-1 Lyon 7/1 with Bet365 Odds *
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* Manchester City v Lyon Best Odds taken from the leading online bookmakers and were correct as of 19/09/2018 – subject to change.
Manchester City will obviously attempt to go much beyond the quarter-finals, a stage where they were knocked out by Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League. Pep Guardiola's men have the firepower to do just that and are naturally expected to open their European campaign with a flyer against Lyon at the Etihad on Wednesday night, September the 19th.
Manchester City Team News
For the Citizens, ace striker Sergio Aguero and left back Benjamin Mendy are battling injury issues and look doubtful for the Group F opener.
In the probable absence of Aguero and long-term injured absentee Kevin De Bruyne, the attacking quartet for City will comprise of Gabriel Jesus in the role of striker with support from the likes of the quicksilver Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling on the wings and David Silva as the attacking mid-fielder.
Vincent Kompany who was rested in City's weekend fixture against Fulham should be back marshalling the defense along with Nicolas Otamendi, Kyle Walker and John Stones. With regular goal-keeper Claudio Bravo out for a long time with an injured Achilles Heel, 25-year old Ederson remains the only choice for the custodian's role.
Manchester City Recent Form
Form-wise, City have won four of their 5 Premier League outings in the 2018-19 season the only blip being an unwanted 1-1 draw with new EPL entrants Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Lyon Team News
Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, on the other hand, will depend on his key players Memphis Depay, Nebil Fekir and Bertrand Traore to give him results.
Lyon have been without the services of their striker Amine Gouiri who has been sidelined for the long-term having sustained a ruptured cruciate ligament injury.
Moussa Dembele, the 22-year old signing from Celtic finds himself in the striker's role in the absence of Gouiri.
The trio of Depay, Fekir and Traore had scored as many as 50 Ligue 1 goals between them helping their team to vault into the Top 4 of the French league last season.
Olympique Lyonnais Recent Form
But the No. 3 side look a far cry from the sizzling form they showed in 2017-18, having managed to win just two of their 5 Ligue 1 games played so far in the current season and also get beaten in two of their outings in the process.
But for a goal-hungry side like Lyon (the most goals scored after PSG last season with 87), to find the back of the net at the Etihad would come as no great shakes.
Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais Who Will Win?
The hosts with the kind of talent they have in their ranks look just too strong for Lyon to make any kind of impression on Wednesday.
There's no history between the 2 teams, but the Citizens have a fantastic Champions League record at home, winning 7 out of their 8 group-stage matches at the Etihad since 2015. But the fact that the two teams have never met always leaves room for surprises.