Lyon-Juventus Betting Preview: Peerless Pirlo excellent value to find the net in France

Antonio Conte's men are favourites to claim victory in Thursday's first-leg tie against Remi Garde's side but our tipster think there's value in the anytime goalscorer market
Europa League favourites Juventus continue their campaign for European glory when they travel to France to take on Olympique Lyonnais in the first-leg of their quarter-final clash on Thursday night.

Antonio Conte’s men suffered their first defeat in 15 matches when they slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat against Napoli on Sunday afternoon but the Serie A side are expected to bounce back against their French opporsition on Thursday.

The Italian champions are chalked up at just 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power to seize the initiative by claiming a vital first-leg lead here, while Lyon can be backed at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) with the same firm to win on home soil on Thursday. The draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power.

Lyon have struggled for form in recent weeks, having won just four of their last 10 matches in all competitions and if the Ligue 1 side are to cause an upset, they will be heavily reliant on top scorer Alexandre Lacazette.

The 22-year-old front man has notched 14 league goals for Lyon this season – including in the weekend’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Saint Etienne – and can be backed at a chunky 8/1 (9.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock on Thursday.

Juventus, though, are likely to be fired up given that they willl have home advantage should they progress to the final and Antonio Conte's side could prove to be too strong for their French opponents at Stade de Gerland.

Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has bagged an impressive 18 league goals for Antonio Conte’s men thus far this term and the 30-year-old forward is decent value at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to open the scoring here.

Veteran Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo scored the crucial goal as Juventus edged past Fiorentina in the last round and, given the 34-year-old midfielder’s prowess from dead-ball situations, the 16/5 (4.20) quote with Paddy Power for Pirlo to net at anytime is outstanding value here.

Juventus look a solid selection at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power to take a huge stride towards the last four of the competition with victory in this first-leg tie. But those seeking to squeeze further value from the tie are encouraged to take a chance on the juicy 16/5 (4.20) quote from the same firm for the irrepressible Pirlo to net at any time during Thursday’s tussle.

Pirlo to score at any time at 16/5 (4.20) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power

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