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Expect drama in Lyon

Expect drama in Lyon


Lyon will attempt the seemingly impossible when they look to overturn a 4-1 deficit against Ajax on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Last week’s game in the Dutch capital prompted a wave of nostalgia, as one of European football’s great clubs produced a performance up there with the best of the season.

It will mean nothing though if Lyon come back to go through to the final and with them 5/8 to win on the night, it is fair to say they are a different animal at the Parc OL.

Unlike in Amsterdam, they will also have Alexandre Lacazette fit to start. Lacazette is expected to finally leave in the summer and will be looking to prove a point, having only managed a cameo last week.

The 25-year-old is a star and with him closer to full fitness, is 10/11 to score first and 41/20 to net two or more.

Les Gones are brilliant going forward, netting an average of 4.3 goals at home in the Europa League but this openness often costs them in defence.

Emanuel Mammana’s return should help ease their frailties but it will still be some turn around if they are to make it through to the final on May 24, with them 4/1 to qualify.

All is not lost though and for all their brilliance last week, Ajax are often not the same side away from home and only a late burst in Gelsenkirchen saw them past Schalke in the quarters.

An away win is 15/4, while they are 4/23 favourites to qualify for the final in Solna.

Although Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore scored twice in the first leg, Kasper Dolberg was exceptional and his hold-up play will be crucial.

With five already in this competition, the Danish striker is 27/20 to net at anytime.

History is also on Ajax’s side, with them not losing a European game by three goals since 2011 and in truth they should have enough.

This game is sure to produce fireworks, with the exciting young talent on show suggesting that over 3.5 goals at 10/11 is an extremely likely scenario.

Lyon are rightly the favourites to triumph on Thursday and should win, with a repeat 4-1 home triumph 18/1.

However, their defensive deficiencies mean a clean sheet is unlikely so a Les Gones home win and both to score at 7/5 seems sensible.

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