Match Preview: Lyon v Everton

Overview

  • Everton will be playing in the stadium that will host the 2018 Europa League final.
  • However, unless they win all their remaining group games and improve their goal difference, this could be their only trip there.
  • Everton have lost their last 4 games in all competition, which started with a 2-1 defeat to Lyon.
  • This is David Unsworth’s potentially penultimate audition to become the permanent Everton manager.

The Opposition

  • Since their victory over Everton, Lyon beat Troyes 5-0 and Metz 2-0.
  • Memphis Depay scored a hat-trick against Troyes.
  • Nabil Fekir scored both goals against the struggling Metz. (Yes, they’re struggling even more than Everton.)
  • Those wins have pushed Lyon up to 3rd with 22 points (nearly treble Everton’s tally), behind only to PSG and Monaco.

Opposition’s Most Recent Match – Lyon 2-0 Metz

  • Even though before this game, there was a 16-point difference between the two sides and Metz lost 9 of their 10 league games this season, the game was closer than expected.
  • Lyon scored both their goals within the first 20 minutes.
  • Since then, Metz had more possession (54%).
  • Lyon had more shots (10-6) but their finishing was not clinical enough with only 2 being on target. Metz, however, had 3 on target.
  • Since the second goal, Lyon and Metz had the same amount of touches in the opposition’s area (10).
  • Lyon’s lightning spark in the opening 20 minutes gently sizzled out against a team they perhaps should have beaten by a wider margin.

One To Watch

Nabil Fekir – 2017/18 Ligue 1
Goals 9
Assists 4
Shots 32
Shots On Target 14
Chances Created 23
Accurate Crosses 15

Key Stats

  • Everton hope to become the 4th team to progress from the group stages after earning just 1 point in their first 3 games (after Hertha Berlin, Dnipro and AZ Alkmaar).
  • Everton haven’t lost successive games in Europe since they lost to Benfica twice in October and November 2009.

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