Juventus vs Lyon 04/10/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Lyon vs Juventus
Thursday 10th April 2014
The Line: Juventus 7/20 Draw 7/2 Lyon 8/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Soccer 2 gO
Juventus star striker Carlos Tevez looked a doubt for this game after coming off in the first leg with a thigh strain but the brilliant Argentine played against Livorno on Monday and is set to lead the line for Conte's team in the second leg. Tevez will partner Llorente up front on Thursday as Juventus look to reach the semi final of the Europa League, the final this year is being hosted in Juventus stadium so if ever there was an incentive that is surely a big one for the Italian giants. Captain Gianluigi Buffon has also been hinting at an exit this summer whether it be retirement or to pastures new and surely would love to finish his distinguished career with another European trophy.
Lyon come into this game 1-0 down from the first leg a game in which they played a very good defensive system that stiffled Juventus' midfield talents and frustrated their talented opponents for long periods. In fact Lyon did actually create two of the better opportunities and had they been taken then this game would have been turned on its head. Instead Lyon travel to Italy knowing they must win in a stadium that Juventus have not been beaten since last April's Champions League loss at home to Bayern Munich. In other words its a really big ask. Lyon have some good players and two top strikers in Gomis and Lacazette and a midfielder with great vision in Marlbranque but to beat this Juventus team I think Lyon are going to have to produce something really special and I am just not sure this group of players, under Garde ,are capable of that.
I think Juventus will put in a strong defensive display here and take a one or two nil win by the end. I'm going to take the unders here as I just dont see Lyon scoring against this strong Juventus backline and if Juventus go up by a goal I cant see them pushing for a second. Take the unders and follow me on twitter@antonpippo