FC Porto hosts Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, March 9th at Estádio do Dragão (Porto)
FC Porto faced Lazio in the last stage of the Europa League playoffs. I cannot say that the Dragons eliminated their opponents without any problems. Some effort had to be made. The match at Estádio do Dragão ended with a 2-1 victory for the hosts, and the second leg pleased the fans with a 2-2 battling draw. Let me remind you that António Conceição’s men started their way in European competitions from the group stage of the Champions League. They lagged behind Liverpool and Atlético Madrid and outranked AC Milan. Porto’s last five home matches in the Europa League ended with an exchange of goals scored. In addition, four out of those five games pleased the fans with Over 2.5 goals scored.
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Lyon confidently won the group in the Europa League, so the team will just start its way in the playoffs of the tournament. Let me remind you that the Kids gained five wins and one draw in six matches of the group stage. All three away games ended in victories. In addition, Peter Bosz’s men scored at least two goals in each of those matches. Lyon is in a good mood ahead of the first game in the 1/8 finals. On March 4, the team beat Lorient in the Ligue 1 match with a score of 1-4. Romain Faivre, who was bought from Brest not so long ago, scored a brace. Five away matches of the Kids in the Europa League ended in victories.
In the 21st century, Porto and Lyon have played against each other four times. The Dragons gained two victories, and two games ended in draws. Interestingly, FC Porto didn’t keep a single clean sheet in the last six home games in the Europa League. At the same time, Lyon players scored at least one goal in 15 of the last 16 away matches in this tournament. I am sure that the Dragons will try to win at home. But the opponent is quite serious, so it will be very difficult to do this. Nevertheless, the Portuguese will certainly be able to score at least one goal. At the same time, I’m expecting accurate shots from the visitors. In general, all the teams of Peter Bosz are famous for their high production.