Can Lyon turn the tie around in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday?
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Lyon have it all to do following a crushing 4-1 defeat in the first leg of this tie, though they bounce back with a narrow 3-2 victory at home to Nantes at the weekend. Indeed, aside from recent defeats to Lorient and more excusably Monaco, Bruno Genesio’s side have won eight of their last 10 at the Parc Olympique across all competitions, scoring at least four goals in six of these victories.
Ajax won emphatically at home to bottom of the table Go Ahead Eagles at the weekend, netting four goals for the second time in a row after the first leg of this tie, and they now trail league leaders Feyenoord by just the single point with one game to go. Their away form has been less than impressive however, with just one victory in their last six including three defeats, while in the Europa League they’re without a win in five on their travels.
Lyon have managed to score 20 goals in this competition since joining in the knockout stages and so Ajax will of course be wary of their attacking prowess, but they’ve proven tough to break down as they’ve generally kept things tight in Europe, with fewer than three goals in seven of their last nine. They haven’t lost the first half in 18 Europa League games, drawing at the break in eight of their last nine away, as have Lyon in five of their last nine at home in this competition, and we think there’s some value in backing the half-time draw with Ajax seeking to frustrate Lyon in the early stages.
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