Europa League: Lyon v Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Europa League fixture at the Stade de Gerland

Lyon need to overturn a 2-1 deficit but they head into this match in dodgy form after losing three of their last four games in all competitions. Remi Garde’s side did get back to winning ways on Sunday with a convincing 4-0 victory at Bordeaux, and they currently sit second in the Ligue 1 table and trail the big spending leaders Paris Saint-Germain by three points.

Visitors Tottenham head to France in good form and are unbeaten in their last ten league games. The north Londoners sit fourth in the Premier League and are currently on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris returns to his former side although it is not clear if he will play after boss Andre Villa-Boas picked second choice Brad Friedel for the first leg.

 

KICK-OFF: Thursday, 6pm

 

PAST MEETINGS…

Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Bale 2) Lyon 1 (Umtiti), Europa League, Round of 32, February 2013

 

STATS…

Lyon have beaten Tottenham at home before, securing a 1-0 win in the first leg of a round two 1967-68 European Cup Winners’ Cup tie, and a repeat scoreline would send the French side through.

That 1-0 win over Spurs is Les Gones’ only home win against an English side. They have drawn five and lost one of the other six matches.

Lyon have won their last four European home games, beating APOEL 1-0 in the last 16 of last season’s Champions League and recording victories against Sparta Prague, Athletic Bilbao and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in the group stage of this season’s Europa League.

Tottenham are unbeaten in Europe this year after seven matches, with three wins and four draws.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last four Europa League away matches, although the last three have been draws and their last victory was a 4-0 success at Shamrock Rovers in December 2011.

Tottenham won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1971/72 and reclaimed the trophy in 1983/84, and could become the fourth side to win this competition for a third time, along with Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool.

 

ODDS…

Lyon to win: 2.34

Tottenham to win: 3.3

Draw: 3.5

 

TV: Live on ITV4 at 6pm, highlights on ITV4 at 6pm on Friday.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most