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UEFA Champions League

  • November 2, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade de Gerland, Lyon
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 40099

Champions League Preview: Olympique Lyonnais v Real Madrid

Champions League Preview: Olympique Lyonnais v Real Madrid


Jose Mourinho's men hold a 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season and the Spanish giants will be looking for a victory in France to secure qualification



Reveillere, Cris, Lovren, Dabo
Kallstrom, Gonalons
Briand, Gourcuff, Lacazette

 Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria

Lyon entertain the Spanish giants on Wednesday evening yet will have to do without the services of influential winger Michel Bastos, who is likely to be out for three weeks with a thigh injury. The French side will also be missing striker Lisandro Lopez who continues to recover from a severe ankle strain while Mouhamadou Dabo may start at left-back if Aly Cissokho fails to recover from a hamstring problem.

Jose Mourinho has several injury woes with Raul Albiol, Ricardo Carvalho and Nuri Sahin all ruled out. Kaka (bruised calf) and Alvaro Arbeloa (bruised left thigh) will both face late fitness tests with Raphael Varane expected to replace the latter, allowing Sergio Ramos to move to right-back.

Real Madrid could bring back Marcelo and Sami Khedira into the starting line-up in place of Fabio Coentrao and Lassana Diarra, who both started in the 1-0 win against Real Sociedad at the weekend. Gonzalo Higuain grabbed the only goal of the game in the victory yet could find himself on the substitutes bench, with Karim Benzema pushing for a start versus his former club.

  • Lyon have never lost to Madrid at home, winning three and drawing one of four encounters at Stade Gerland.
  • The French club are currently sitting on four points in Group D and are in third place, behind Ajax on goal difference.
  • Lyon reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2009-10 season before crashing out to Bayern Munich 4-0 on aggregate.
  • Real Madrid thrashed Lyon 4-0 at the Bernabeu a fortnight ago, leaving the club as the only side in the Champions League this season with a 100 per cent record.
  • The Liga outfit ended a run of six successive last-16 eliminations last season when they defeated Lyon 4-1 on aggregate, eventually going out at the semi-final stage to winners Barcelona.
  • Karim Benzema, who joined Madrid from Lyon for €35 million has scored in each of his last three appearances against his former club.

Players to watch

Y. Gourcuff

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The playmaker has recently returned to fitness and if his side are to have any chance of defeating their famous Spanish opposition, the French international will need to be pulling the creative strings in attack.

K. Benzema

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Benzema has an impressive scoring record against his former club and if he starts ahead of Higuain, expect the French striker to cause plenty of danger to the Lyon defence as his side look to qualify with two games to spare.

Editor's Prediction

Real Madrid have never beaten Lyon away, but expect this jinx come to an end on Wednesday night. The French side have key players missing and with Jose Mourinho's men on a superb run of form, there will surely be only one winner.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Olympique Lyonnais

Real Madrid


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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