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Lyon aim to reverse recent trends against Juventus

Juventus' recent success against French sides and Lyon's failure to beat Italian rivals in their last three attempts, would suggest a likely away win in Group H on matchday three.

Lyon's Jordan Ferri (left) and Corentin Tolisso celebrate
Lyon's Jordan Ferri (left) and Corentin Tolisso celebrate ©AFP/Getty Images

Statistics point to an away win at the Stade de Lyon, with Olympique Lyonnais losing their last three matches against Italian sides and Juventus winning three and drawing one of their last fixtures with French foes. 

Previous meetings
• Juventus won away and at home when the sides met in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-final.

• Leonardo Bonucci scored with five minutes remaining to give Antonio Conte's Juventus the advantage in France.

• The line-ups at the Stade de Gerland on 3 April 2014 were:
Lyon: Lopes, Bedimo, B Koné, Ferri, Umtiti, Malbranque (Fekir 85), Briand (Njié 89), Gonalons, Mvuemba, Lacazette (Gomis 74), Tolisso.
Juve: Buffon, Martín Cáceres, Bonucci, Isla (Lichtsteiner 77), Chiellini, Asamoah, Pirlo, Pogba, Marchisio, Tévez (Vučinić 55), Osvaldo (Giovinco 61).

• In the return, Samuel Umtiti's own goal gave Juve a 2-1 home win against Rémi Garde's Lyon after Jimmy Briand had equalised Andrea Pirlo's early strike. Juve went out to SL Benfica in the semi-final, 2-1 on aggregate.

Match background

• The French side began their 14th group stage campaign with a 3-0 home win against GNK Dinamo Zagreb before a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla FC.

• One more point will be an improvement on last season's record when, returning to the UEFA Champions League after a three-year absence, Lyon lost all three home games, scoring only once. Their only victory came on matchday six, 2-0 at Valencia CF, with their place as Group H's bottom side already confirmed.

• The Ligue 1 runners-up have lost their last three games against Italian opponents. Their record in 18 such meetings is W7 D4 L7 (W3 D3 L3 at home; W4 D1 L4 away).

• The Bianconeri have won three and drawn one of the last four encounters against Ligue 1 sides.

• Their 24 matches with French opponents have ended W14 D5 L5 (W4 D3 L5 in France; W10 D2 L0 at home).

• They began the campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla and then equalled their biggest ever away win in the UEFA Champions League, winning 4-0 at Dinamo Zagreb.

• The 2014/15 runners-up won at Manchester City FC in last season's group stage, their other away matches producing a draw at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and a defeat at Sevilla. Juve finished runners-up in Group D behind City.

• In the round of 16 the two-time European champions drew 2-2 at home to FC Bayern München, succumbing 4-2 away in extra time.

Coach and player links
• After making his professional debut with FC Metz in 2007/08, Miralem Pjanić played for Lyon for three seasons from 2008 before joining AS Roma.

• Patrice Evra played with OGC Nice and AS Monaco FC, winning the French League Cup with the latter in 2003 and finishing runners-up to FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League the following season.

• Mathieu Valbuena scored in France's 2-1 win against Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Barzagli's Italy in a friendly international in Parma on 12 November 2012.

• Mario Lemina played for FC Lorient and Olympique de Marseille before joining Juventus in 2015. He won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with France.

• A product of the French academy at Clairefontaine, Medhi Benatia played for Tours FC, Lorient and Clermont Foot Auvergne before joining Udinese Calcio in 2010.

• Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played for Roma in 2014/15.

• Gianluigi Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini all return to the Stade de Lyon after helping Italy beat Belgium 2-0 in their opening game of UEFA EURO 2016 there.

• Players who have played together:
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa & Pjanić (Roma, 2014/15)
Nicolas N'Koulou, Jérémy Morel & Lemina (Marseille, 2013–2015)
Christophe Jallet & Benatia (Lorient, 2007/08)
Evra & Rafael (Manchester United FC, 2008–2014)

• International team-mates:
Yanga-Mbiwa, Clément Grenier, Alexandre Lacazette, Jallet, Nabil Fekir, Mathieu Valbuena, Maxime Gonalons & Evra (France)
Emanuel Mammana & Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala (Argentina)

Match facts

• Gédéon Kalulu completes a three-game suspension on matchday three.

• Lyon have won only one of their six away games in all competitions this season, losing four.

• A record derby crowd of 57,050 saw Lyon beat local rivals AS Saint-Étienne 2-0 at home on 2 October. Sergi Darder scored the opening goal – his first since 28 February.

• Les Gones have scored in all 15 home games at their new stadium, winning 12 of those games and losing only 3-1 to FC Girondins de Bordeaux on 10 September.

• Lacazette, who scored six goals in his first three Ligue 1 games this term, made his return from a thigh injury that had kept him out since 10 September in Friday's 2-0 loss at OGC Nice.

• The Bianconeri have won their last five matches in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and letting in only one in the process. They had not conceded in 402 minutes prior to Jakub Jankto's goal for Udinese Calcio in Saturday's 2-1 win for the Bianconeri.

• Giorgio Chiellini missed the Udinese game with a muscle strain.

• Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 2-1 at FC Internazionale Milano on 18 September. They have nevertheless lost only two of their last 36 Serie A games.

• Claudio Marchisio is yet to play this season as he recovers from a knee injury but was on the bench on Saturday – the first time he has been in a Juve matchday squad since April.

• Benatia returned for the first time since 18 September against Udinese, while Stefano Sturaro made his first appearance of the campaign in the 3-0 win at Empoli FC on 2 October.

• After scoring his first goal of the season in Zagreb, Paulo Dybala found the net against Empoli and struck both goals against Udinese. Gonzalo Higuaín also scored twice against Empoli and already has six goals in eight Serie A games for Juve, only four of which were starts.

• Higuaín was also on target in Argentina's 2-2 draw against Peru on 7 October. Mario Mandžukić scored a first-half hat-trick in Croatia's 6-0 win against Kosovo on 6 October and then got the only goal of the game against Finland three days later.

• Mandžukić's Croatia team-mate Marko Pjaca suffered a calf injury on international duty.

• Sami Khedira scored in Germany's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on 11 October. Miralem Pjanić set up both goals as Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Cyprus by the same scoreline.