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Champions League preview and odds: Valencia vs Lyon


Published on: 07/12/2015

The Spanish club have a strong record at home and have lost just one of their last nine European clashes at the Mestalla. That loss came against Zenit (2-3) earlier in the current campaign. They also have a good record against French teams having won nine of their previous ten encounters against Ligue 1 teams.

Lyon playing for pride

If Lyon fail to beat Valencia, they will become the first side to have finished their Champions League group campaign without a win. Having already been confirmed as group losers, there is little else left for Hubert Fournier’s men to play for.

They come into this game on the back of a five-game winless run in all competitions, including a 0-2 home defeat to Angers in the French league at the weekend.

Team news

Valencia will be without the injured group of Antonio Barragán, Diego Alves, Shkrodan Mustafi, Álvaro Negredo and Rodrigo, while Rúben Vezo is suspended.

Meanwhile Lyon are still without Gueïda Fofana, Aldo Kalulu, Nabil Fekir and Samuel Umtiti, while Jordan Ferri is banned.

Recent form (All competitions)

Valencia: DWLLD

Lyon: LDLLL

Betting odds and tips

Valencia have lost just twice in their last 33 competitive home games in all competitions. Those defeats came against group leaders Zenit in this season`s Champions League campaign and against Barcelona in La Liga just over a year ago. Lyon have won just one of their last eight games away from home in all competitions. You can back Gary Neville to bag a debut win for Valencia at 4/9 with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 07/12/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (07/12/2015 13:57:31) but are subject to change.