Lyon vs Hoffenheim (By: Stanioooo)
Lyon will host Hoffenheim in the 4th round of CL at Groupama Stadium.
Both teams are part of a very balanced group with Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk. Of course, City are the favourites for the 1st place, but still they have to finish their job after the home loss against Lyon in the start of the groups. Shakhtar look like the weakest side after the first three rounds, it's mostly because some of the important Brazilians have injuries, but still they have 2 points and real chances to progress in the next phase of CL. City are the leaders with 6 points, Lyon have 5, while Hoffenheim are only with 2 points, although they deserved to have at least one victory and more points.
These two teams are often part of goal shows and the first match between them totally proved it. It finished 3:3 with a late equalizer for Hoffenheim, although the Germans were the better team during the game. Both teams have such an offensive power, while defensively you can't rely on them for sure.
Lyon will miss for this game Dubois, Ferri and Gouiri, while the visitors will be without Szalai(important miss in the attack), Hubner, Amiri, Geiger and Rupp. Kramaric and Vogt are doubtful, bit I expect both of them to start from the first minute, especially Kramaric who is very important player for Julian Nagelsmann.
I really can not give priority to any of these clubs right now. Hoffenheim need the victory much more, because they are 3 points behind Lyon and the result from the first match 3:3 is bad for their H2H against the French team if they make another draw. The three points Lyon took in Manchester could be decisive in the end, but still the third in the group continues in EL, so that's also an option for Nagelsmann.
It will surprise a lot if both teams won't succeed to score tonight in France. In such an important for both teams'game we have to see at least a goal in both nets, but over 2.5 goals is also more than expected outcome. So, I will go with the goals here, over 2.5, and both teams to score.
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