West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds
The Europa League is back with a bang for its 1st leg of the quarterfinal game with a promised action-packed football. On Thursday, West Ham is set to face a mighty challenge in Lyon in their own backyard.
West Ham has so far enjoyed a good season in England as well as in Europe whereas Lyon hasn’t had the best of performances in the last 5 games pushing them to 9th place in Ligue 1.
Even though West Ham has a sizeable advantage going into this game, according to past performances and the prediction platforms, Lyon would be looking to pull off a surprise win on Thursday night.
West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds
|West Ham||Lyon||Predicted Winner|
|FCTables||Win Probability: 48%||Win Probability: 24%||West Ham|
|BettingOdds||Odds: 53/50||Odds: 11/4||West Ham|
West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds: Recent Form
West Ham have done a tidy job so far across tournaments and against different oppositions. The consistency shown by the dark horses in Premier League and Europa League deserves appreciation.
In the premier league, they are currently occupying the 6th position with 15 victories in 31 outings which includes a strong home record. They have also impressed everyone with a 1st place finish in the group stage of the Europa League.
After making it to the round of 16, they had a stiff challenge in the form of Sevilla but the David Moyes’ men looked unfazed as they won it comfortably to make it to the quarterfinal.
On the other hand, the French-based Lyon side have had a contrasting performance in Ligue 1 when compared to that of the Europa League. While they are struggling to find their feat in Ligue 1, the Lyon seems to do well when they play in Europe.
Currently, the team is tattering under pressure in 9th place with just 12 triumphs in 30 Ligue 1 whereas they topped Group A in Europa League with dominating wins. In their last knockout game against FC Porto in the round of 16, the side managed to qualify for the next round with a 2-1 margin.
The 2019-20 Champions league semifinalists would be itching to replicate their form against the English side.
West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds: Head-to-head
This is the first fixture between West Ham and Lyon in any tournament. The two teams have not played any head-to-head matches in the past.
West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds: Players to watch
Looking at West Ham’s attack, it seems that Michail Antonio has a huge task in hand as a striker. He has scored 10 goals and 9 assists in the last 37 games and has 67.7% success in passes along with 1.7 dribbles and 1.5 key passes every game so far. He will have to be backed up by the likes of Bowen and Noble who have found back their charisma for the team.
Jarrod Bowen has been proactive in the middle with 13 goals and 9 assists in 40 games along with 75.5% pass success. Mark Noble is yet to score for the side who is rated a below par score of 6.06 this season.
Moussa Dembele has scored 13 goals and involved in 3 assists in 26 outings so far. He has been a trump card for the side who has 64.3% pass rate along with 2.3 shots on target and 0.8 key passes per game so far.
He will be accompanied by Houssem Aouar who has been one of the top-scorer for his club this year with 5 goals and 3 assists and has 85.5% pass success along with a rating of 6.92.
This duo will be accompanied by Lucas Pacqueta who scores often in the Ligue 1 is known for dribbling, tackling and providing key passes as the winger. He has 11 goals and 6 assists in 38 outings.
The backline of Kurt Zouma, Cresswell, and Dawson will have to throw in a formidable challenge against Lyon. Center back Kurt Zouma has 87.2% pass success along with 5.6 clears per match which might turn out to be significant in the coming match.
Aaron Cresswell is a versatile player for the team who not only defends but creates chances. He has 6 assists in 32 games at 83% pass accuracy along with 0.9 tackles and 1.6 clears in the recent past.
Fabin Balbuena is an asset to the team with his intercepting skills and scored an all-important goal against Spurs in October.
The Lyon defense has the services of Boateng, Lukeba, and Emerson. Jerome Boateng who plays as the center back is a regular in the side with 87% pass success along with two assists in the Ligue 1 so far. The defensive numbers look astounding with 1 tackle, 0.9 interceptions and 3.3 clears per game so far.
Castello Lukeba is also a versatile player who has 90.3% pass completion rate along with 1.6 interceptions and 2.1 clears per game. Emerson’s strengths include passing and crossing. He has 86% pass accuracy, 1.9 clears and 1.3 tackles per game so far along with a rating of 6.83.
West Ham vs Lyon Prediction and Betting Odds: Predicted Winner
Even though West Ham is the hot favorite here, the visitors have every opportunity to pull off a surprising victory according to the betting platforms and prediction experts. FCTables known for giving out accurate predictions have given 48% chance to the hosts whereas Lyon is tipped to win with just 24% chance next weekend.
According to BettingOdds, hosts are given favorable odds of 53/50 in contrast to that of the underdogs who have large odds stacked against them.
The premium website FiveThirtyEight has also gone on to predict West Ham as the front runners in this interesting clash with a 47% chance whereas the French-based club have been given a decent chance of 24% of emerging victorious.