Lyon received a blessing from the soccer gods for their group stage run in the Champions League this campaign; narrowly slipping through past Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg who both finished with 7 points to Lyon’s 8 points. Lyon has failed to beat Juventus in their last five matchups; however, they did manage a draw in the most recent meeting on February 11th, 2016. Unfortunately for Les Gones, the players who made an impact in that match have moved on to far better clubs, Lacazette to Arsenal and Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Lyon is currently 7th in Ligue 1 and well out of contention as PSG will run away with the title.
Juventus have now scored at least one goal for 32 consecutive matches and are in great form, leading a very strong Serie A league, while Ronaldo himself is on fire. Cristiano has scored in every match he has played in since January 6th, totaling 13 goals in 9 games. A huge boost for Juventus going into the Round of 16 is the return of Giorgio Chiellini, who has now played limited minutes in Juve’s last two matches after missing most of the season. I firmly believe Juve will make it to the Champions League finals and most of the talk will, of course, be centered around Ronaldo but I also expect a lot of focus to be on Chiellini and De Ligt fortifying the Juventus back four.
In a similar situation as yesterday, we have another David vs Goliath unfolding before us. Lyon is far from the class of Juventus and will severely outmatched and outpaced for the full 90 minutes. Expect to see Ronaldo upfront with Dybala and Cuadrado on the wings and Rabiot, Pjanic slotting in behind. We are recommending a play on Juventus ML +100.
Lyon have never beaten a Cristiano Ronaldo side in European competition.
Juventus has always progressed to the next round when facing French clubs in the Round of 16.
Juve are unbeaten in eight matches against French sides, home and away, since a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage.
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