Lyon vs Roma

In what is easily the tie of the round when the fixtures were announced, a strong scoring Lyon side welcome a free flowing Roma who have dominated this competition. Lyon will look to the Europa League as their only opportunity to grab a Champions League spot as they are going to land up no better than 4th in the table. Lyon will look to field a strong side led by the likes of Valbuena, Depay, Lacazette and Fekir up front. The 4 of them have been making it rain with a lot of goals this season, and that has helped them go on a 5 match unbeaten streak. That unbeaten streak has seen them net 21 goals in those 5 games. Defensively, however they have been shaky, conceding goals in 4 out of those 5 games coming into this tie. Prior to that they were extremely shaky losing 4 out of their 5 games.

Roma come into this game searching for confidence that has disappeared ever since they lost 2-0 at the hands of Lazio in mid-week last week in the Coppa Italia. They then lost a critical fixture by a 2-1 scoreline to Napoli on the weekend which narrows their advantage in 2nd spot. Roma will know not to get into that 3rd spot as that is what knocked them out of the Champions League last year; losing in the qualifying round. Roma will look to field a strong side especially since they got a weak Palermo on the weekend. The likes of El Sharaawy, Dzeko and possibly Totti will look to start up front to take it to the attack of a Lyon defense that has been porous recently. Roma defensively have turned out to be shaky in recent weeks, conceding goals in 5 straight games heading into this competition which might see goalkeepers rotated since its the Europa League, with Alisson likely to start in goal who has conceded in his last 3 games that he started in.
Both teams have a flair for the attacking and should find the back of the net, so the obvious choice to back in this game is over 2.5 goals.

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