A narrow 1-0 win in France gives Lyon a slight advantage over Juventus going into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
Lucas Tousart’s goal makes the difference between the sides, as Juventus look to turn the tables in the round of 16 for the second year in succession.
The ‘Bianconeri’ managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the Wanda Metropolitano to dump Atletico Madrid in this knockout round back last season.
Additionally, perennial Serie A champions have progressed to the next knockout round in 53.33% (eight) of the 15 two-legged ties in which they lost the first leg 1-0 away from home.
Also, Juventus boast a 100% record in two-legged ties versus Ligue 1 opponents (12/12) and have yet to taste defeat in Turin against French visitors (W11, D3).
It’s also worth noting that before losing 3-1 to Roma on the final matchday of the Serie A season, Maurizio Sarri’s side had not lost a single home fixture in all competitions in 2019/20 (W21, D3).
Lyon have won only once in six Champions League trips since beating Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad in the 2018/19 curtain-raiser (D2, L3).
Furthermore, Les Gones have suffered five defeats in their previous six away matches in the Champions League round of 16, including a 5-1 thumping to Barcelona last year.
Also, a lack of ruthlessness in the final third saw the French team net under 1.5 goals in four of those six abovementioned clashes.
Facing Juventus brings no luck into the equation, given Lyon’s fortunes against Italian rivals. Indeed, they’ve lost five of the seven two-legged ties versus the Serie A clubs (W2) and are winless in all five of their last trips to Italy (D1, L4).
Yet, Rudi Garcia can take some confidence from the fact the Ligue 1 giants have exited the UEFA competition after winning the first leg at home just three times in 21 such contests.
It’s, therefore, not strange Juventus enter the last-16 decider as 1/2 (via Bet365) favorites to win during regular 90 minutes and 83/100 to reach the quarter-finals.