After clinching the ninth Serie A title, Juventus will set their eyes on the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This will see the Old Lady play host to Lyon at the Allianz. The match schedules for Friday with kickoff at 4 p.m.
Serie A champions had an unimpressive finish to their 2019-20 campaign after a series of lacklustre performances. The side managed to clinch the title with 83 points, followed closely with second-placed Inter Milan with 82 points.
Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to win a Champions League with the Old Lady. Despite being 35 years old, he has proven still a threat netting 32 goals in this season. Lewandowski and Immobile across Europe only better the record.
Lyon will mark their return to competitive action after failing to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue final against rivals Paris Saint Germaine on penalties. The side has not been inactive competition since the France top flight came to an end.
The side recently suffered another 2-0 defeat to side Rangers. However, the side received a boost by posting wins over Nice, Gent and Celtic. However, the side is no strange when it comes to Champions League knockout stages. It will prove to be a test for Rudi Garcia to move past the Old Lady with a one-goal lead.
Juventus vs. Lyon Head to Head
Both sides have only met once in the Champions League with Lyon taking home a 1-0 win. Here is a look at their previous encounters in the league.
Juventus 1-3 Roma
Cagliari 2-0 Juventus
Juventus 2-0 Sampdoria
Udinese 2-1 Juventus
Juventus 2-1 Lazio
Gent 2-3 Lyon
Lyon 2-1 Celtic
Lyon 0-2 Rangers
Lyon 1-0 Nice
Lyon 1-5 PSG
Juventus Team News
There is doubt over the availability of Serie A Most Valuable Player, Paul Dybala who complained of thigh pains ahead of the clash. Missing figures ahead of the match include the likes of Douglas Costa with a knee injury and centre half Mattia de Sciglio.De Ligt has to struggle with a shoulder injury and looks to retain fitness till Friday.
Lyon Team News
Sarri will enjoy the fact that Tousart is illegible to play the match after returning to side Hertha Berlin. An injury woe at the camp is Youssouf Kone still undergoing treatment. Other doubts ahead of the match for Garcia include Marcelo and Kenny Tete.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides had a weak end to their season campaign, but Juventus have enough manpower to ease past a weakened Lyon.
Goals Over 2.5
Ronaldo to Score