Preview:FC Lyon – FC Villarreal (15.02.2018)

Current form Olympique Lyon
Olympique Lyon have been completely satisfied with their season in French Ligue 1 for a long time. Until matchday 22 and the sensational 2-1 win against Paris Saint Germain, they were in the thick of things instead of fighting for second place behind the capital. Since then, however, the thread seems torn: Last weekend they lost against Stade Rennes in their own stadium surprisingly 0-2. It was already the third defeat in a row, which had to take the men of Bruno Genesio. Before that, they had also lost in the top duel with Monaco 2: 3 and lost against Girondins Bordeaux (1: 3). A team that is currently not even among the top 10 in the French league. Especially on the defensive, it has significantly worsened in recent weeks. To collect two or more goals three times in a row is unsatisfactory for a former serial champion and did not appear this season. However, their 2-1 win over Paris shows that they are capable of causing problems for almost every team in Europe, especially at home. A total of 12 home games were won 6, plus come with only two defeats and 4 draws. However: In the offensive one was far more successful in away games, at home in 23 games get 23 hits, in the foreign it was 31 of them each with 15 goals. Against the background of these statistics, the defensive problem becomes even more striking. Because: More than a quarter of all loss hits of the season so far came about in the mentioned 3 matches. In the international competition, they have been almost perfect in front of their home crowd: in the three group games against Limassol, Everton and Bergamo it was enough for two wins and a draw, where all they had to concede was a goal. Against Limassol (4-0) and Everton (3-0) it was enough for two clear wins. Strong: The duel with Rennes was one of only 4 games in Ligue 1, in which Lyon was not allowed to celebrate at least one goal. Important: Personally, we see Lyon very well positioned, we are currently hardly known injuries or barriers. Only defender Rafael is currently injured. However, with Nabil Fekir (16 goals) and Mariano Diaz (14), you can also count on one of the most dangerous duels in Ligue 1. At least one goal Lyon on Thursday so in any case can be trusted.

Current form FC Villareal
The Villareal FC goes with almost equal preconditions in this Europa League duel as the opponent from France. For the Spaniards have lost their last two league games, after you had previously laid a great series. It was a 2-1 defeat by Deportivo Alavés, with the same result against Betis Sevilla. Villareal has conceded at least 2 goals in the last 3 matches, as they were not able to hold their own in the 4-2 win against Real Sociedad. Again an indicator for a bet on at least one goal for both teams. Before the two defeats they celebrated 3 victories in series, in addition to Sociedad against UD Levante (2: 1) and even away against Real Madrid (1: 0). Accordingly, you probably do not have to shy away from an away game in Lyon. First and foremost, as they have not yet lost away internationally this season: instead, they have had 2 wins and one draw in the previous 3 away games of the group stage, and thus an identical record as Lyon have in home games of the Europa League. However, it must also be emphasized that Villareal certainly got a lighter group than the French, as they met Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Astana and Slavia Prag. The fact that they are generally good in this season away from home shows the results collected in La Liga. After all, 5 out of 12 away games were won, plus two draws and five defeats. However, the strike rate of Villareal left much to be desired in foreign countries. Only 12 goals are scored in the mentioned 12 games. Clear disadvantages compared to the Thursday opponents at Villareal in terms of staff: coach Javier Calleja must not pretend to be less than 5 Kaderspieler fix, including Nicola Sansone, Ruben Semedo or Bruno Soriano, also also Roberto Soriano is still questionable. We see strengths in the Spaniards currently especially in the Umschaltspiel, before an away game in Lyon certainly no disadvantage. On the other hand, problems were particularly noticeable in standards. In addition, Coach Calleja has hardly rotated in the season so far, bringing the failures of one or the other key players even more significant. Strong: Villareal have always scored at least one goal in their last 8 games in La Liga, despite their recent defeats.

Forecast and Bet Tip
We expect a close encounter in the first leg in Lyon after the last results. Villareal is sure to score an away goal, but it does not dare to predict whether it will be enough for a win. Our bet tip for this encounter is: Both teams to score / YES /