In the first leg of the Europa League round of 16, Portugal’s league leaders Porto take on Lyon from France at the Dragao. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at how to use my bonus on 1xbet.
Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are the teams to beat in the UEFA Champions League group stage. “Porto kept their chances of qualifying for the knockout rounds alive until the last matchday. As a result, Sergio Conceição’s side finished in 3rd place in the Group of Death and are now targeting the Europa League trophy.
In the domestic league, Porto are unbeaten in 25 rounds (21 wins, 4 draws) and top the table with 67 points. The gap to the nearest pursuer Sporting is 6 points. Last Sunday, the tournament leader beat Gil Vicente 4-2 on the road. Last week, the Dragons were 2-1 stronger than Sporting in the first leg of the domestic cup semi-final.
Conceição’s side overcame a difficult encounter with Lazio Italy in the Europa League 1/16 final. The Portuguese outfit earned a 2-1 home win, before a 2-2 draw in the return leg at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Dragons have won 19 of their previous 29 games (5 defeats, 5 draws) at home to Dragaou in the Europa League. “Porto have conceded in 13 of their last 13 games in the continent’s second most important club competition. In the last 6 games of the team in the Europa League, the betting was “Both goals, yes” and the classic “over” (total more than 2.5).
Sergio Conceição’s team has not conceded during 18 games in all competitions (15 wins with 3 draws).
The Lions qualified directly to the Europa League 1/8 finals from 1st place in quartet A. “Lyon won five of their opening six games and drew 1-1 only with Rangers in the final round on home soil. The French club, with 16 goals, were the most prolific of the 32 sides in the group stage.
Peter Bos’s side sit 9th with 41 points following 27 rounds of Ligue 1. They are 3 points adrift of fifth place in the European competitions. After a 1-1 away draw with Lions and a 0-1 home defeat by reigning champions Lille, the Lions thrashed Lorient 4-1 on the road last Friday.
Lyon have won 12 of their last 17 Europa League games (2 defeats, 3 draws) and they have since scored in the last 10 fixtures in the continent’s second biggest club competition. Lions approach the game in Portugal with a 5-match winning streak away from home in the UEFA Champions League.
In the 21st century, the rivals’ paths crossed in the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2003/04 season. “Porto clinched a 2-0 home win, while the away leg ended in a 2-2 draw.
Porto vs Lyon
The home side have their sights set on a trophy. At home to Dragao, the Portuguese are a formidable force. Sergio Conceição’s side need to build on their opening game to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals. “Lyon have been unstable of late and have had to work hard to solve local problems in the French championship. We’re predicting a Porto win.