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French club Olympique Lyonnais will be traveling to England this week, as West Ham United host them for the first leg of the quarterfinals in the Europa League.
West Ham finished at the top of Group H during the group stages of the tournament, winning 4 of its 6 games. The club then faced Sevilla in the Round of 16, which had crossed over from the Champions League, defeated them with an aggregate of 2-1 over the two legs, and advanced into the quarterfinals. After starting the season on a strong note, West Ham has lost some of its form in the last few weeks, losing 4 of it’s last 6 games across competitions.
In the last game before the international break, West Ham played fellow London club Tottenham and lost by a disappointing 3-1 margin. Coach David Moyes and the team would like to put the defeat behind them and aim to get an early advantage by winning the first leg.
Lyon topped the charts in group A during the group stages of the tournament, winning 5 of its 6 fixtures. It was drawn to play against Porto, which finished 3rd in Group B of the Champions League, and knocked them out with an aggregate score of 2-1. The club has had an average season so far in the domestic league and is currently in the 10th spot on the points table. Before the international break, Lyon has been on a winless streak in its last 3 games across competitions, losing 1 and drawing 2 games.
Given its poor recent run of form, most football betting sites are predicting a win for the hosts.
Match prediction and football betting tips for West Ham United F. C. vs Olympique Lyonnais Europa League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the London Stadium, London, on 7th April 2022.
Both the teams are pretty evenly matched when it comes to strengths and weaknesses, and we can expect a closely fought contest. West Ham has no major injury concerns, except for Angelo Ogbonna, who is suffering from a ruptured ligament. Manuel Lanzini will be serving a suspension in this game.
The visitors will be missing out on Rayan Cherki, Maxence Caqueret, and Sinaly Diomande due to injuries, while Leo Dubois is suspended for this game.
We predict this to be a low-scoring encounter, with neither team enjoying a lead at full time.
Bet on a draw.
Each of West Ham’s last 4 European games has seen an aggregate of 2 or fewer goals being scored, while the same has been the case with Lyon’s last 3 games. Also, West Ham has conceded just 1 goal in the 4 home games this season. All these statistics point to a low-scoring game that could be characterized by teams sitting back rather than taking the game to the opposition.