Kick-off: 2000, 19/09/2018
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City were cut to favourites for Champions League glory after the group-stage draw and can justify that by brushing aside Lyon in their pool F opener.
The Blues breezed through this section last season when winning their first five fixtures and will be eyeing a repeat performance this term.
Pep Guardiola’s tactics usually lead to entertaining games in Europe, so 17/20 for a home victory and over 3.5 goals in the match is our initial Man City vs Lyon prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City will be frustrated by the fact they are still searching for a maiden outright triumph in this competition, having reached the semi-finals a couple of seasons ago.
Since then, they have gone out to Monaco on the away goals rule following two crazy contests and then failed to cope with a cauldron of atmosphere at Anfield against Liverpool.
However, when it comes to outclassing inferior opposition, the Blues are perfectly set up to cruise through such situations.
High-tempo tactics and an array of attacking weapons, who are all comfortable on the ball, should prove too much for a likeable but limited Lyon outfit to handle at Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola’s swashbuckling side hit the ground running after the international break when beating Fulham 3-0, with Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling on target before the Blues eased off.
Left-back Benjamin Mendy is doubtful after the Frenchman missed Saturday’s defeat of Fulham with a knee problem and skipped training.
Striker Sergio Aguero suffered an ankle injury against the Cottagers but looks set to be involved. Assistant coach Mikel Arteta takes charge of the team as Guardiola serves a touchline ban.
A Look At Lyon’s Betting Odds
Lyon did pretty well in the Europa League last term, beating Everton at home and away on route to finishing as runners-up in a tricky pool.
Les Gones then knocked out Villarreal 4-1 on aggregate but eventually succumbed to CSKA Moscow on the away goals rule.
On the domestic front, they were a fair third in Ligue 1 and Bruno Genesio deserves plenty of credit for building a team that is attractive to watch.
Nabil Fekir, Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traore have all flourished, although losing Mariano back to Real Madrid was a blow.
However, we’re far from convinced by a defensive line-up which includes former Manchester United full-back Rafael and this is an area City can exploit.
Lyon lost two of their first four domestic matches this term and only drew 2-2 at Caen on Saturday, despite their opponents having a couple of players sent off.
Let’s add 23/2 for a 4-1 home victory to our Man City vs Lyon betting tips.
MAN CITY 3-0 Fulham – Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling
Caen 2-2 LYON – Nabil Fekir, Ferland Mendy
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