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Lyon vs Oud-Heverlee Leuven Predictions, Odds, and Free Tips
Lyon and Leuven are preparing for the continuation of the season in Spain where they will play their upcoming friendly match.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
Lyon doesn't have many players at the World Cup, nor major injuries to be concerned about at the moment, so the manager Laurent Blanc will have most of his squad available for this matchup. Both teams like to score goals, so this could be an entertaining affair.
Over 2.5 Goals
Lyon hasn't been playing at their full potential this season, but they do score goals, and with friendly matches, they will be eager to maintain their goal-scoring form. Leuven has been one of the most entertaining sides in the Belgian league this season scoring 30 goals in 17 matches, and they will try to keep to good form going in this match as well.
Important information about Lyon vs Oud-Heverlee Leuven
Lyon's last five league matches: LWWLD
Leuven's last five league matches: LDDLW
Good preparation will be essential for Lyon
Lyon doesn't play in European competitions this season which is not what this club is about. Their fans want European football, especially the Champions League which at this point doesn't seem like a realistic possibility. Lyon has been stuck this season in an inconsistent form, especially when they are playing away from home. They only have one win in seven away matches in Ligue 1, and that is the main reason why they are only eighth in the league twenty points behind the leaders PSG. Alexandre Lacazette is their best scorer with nine goals, but he didn't find his place in France's World Cup squad. He will probably get some minutes in this friendly encounter. Lyon continues its Ligue 1 season at the end of December.
Lyon's possible starting 11: Lopes, Lukeba, Diomande, Silva, Gusto, Mendes, Lepenant, Faivre, Adelaide, Cherki, Dembele.
Leuven has been surprisingly good this season in the Belgian league, they are currently eighth in the league, but far behind the top teams. They are excellent when it comes to scoring goals, one of the best in the league in that aspect, but even though they scored 30 goals, they allowed 26, and this is the most likely reason why they didn't capitalize on their very good efficiency rating. They are in a position to fight for European competitions next season, and this will be the goal for the team in the next stage of the season, after the World Cup. They don't get many chances to play European football, and this season might be their big opportunity.
Oud-Heverlee Leuven's possible starting 11: Ravet, Chakla, Ouedraogo, Ricca, Patris, Keita, Malinov, Maertens, Holzhauser, Gonzalez, Nsingi.
Lyon: Nicolas Tagliafico and Karl Toko Ekambi are at the World Cup. Julian Pollersbeck is injured.
Oud-Heverlee Leuven: Nordin Jackers and Siebe Schrijvers are injured.
Facts and notes about Lyon vs Oud-Heverlee Leuven
- When is the kick-off? – Thursday, December 1st, 18:30 BST (19:30 CET)
- Where is the game being played? – Pinatar Arena, San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia, Spain
- When did they last meet? – This is their first match