Lyon v Sevilla: line-ups, where to watch, form guide
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The equation is simple for Lyon – triumph by two goals and they will be through at Sevilla's expense, though Bruno Génésio says OL must not think they have to win the game early on.
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- Lyon must beat Sevilla by two goals or more to steal second spot from their visitors
- Bruno Génésio wants a measured approach, saying OL have up to 95 minutes to achieve this aim
- Third place and a UEFA Europa League slot the worst-case scenario for both sides
- Lyon keeper Lopes should play despite being hit by a flare during weekend Ligue 1 action
- Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli serves a touchline ban
Lyon: Lopes; Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Rybus; Darder, Gonalons, Tolisso; Ghezzal, Lacazette, Valbuena.
Out: Jallet (back), Mammana (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Darder, Rafael
Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Mercado, Pareja, Rami; Mariano, N'Zonzi, Nasri, Escudero; Sarabia, Vietto, Vitolo.
Out: Franco Vázquez (suspended), Trémoulinas (knee), Carlos Fernández (knee)
Doubtful: Daniel Carriço (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Iborra, Kolodziedjczak, Pareja
Where to watch
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Bruno Génésio, Lyon coach
The players are even more receptive than usual to what we say to them because of what's at stake. We need to win by two goals and we have 90–95 minutes to do that. We mustn't think that we need to do all the work right at the start of the game.
Their philosophy doesn't change and they'll want to have possession and press us high. It will mean an open game as that's also the way we play, especially at home. It should be a chance-filled game where there's a lot of space.
Jorge Sampaoli, Sevilla coach
We're going to ignore the various permutations, including the fact a one-goal loss would see us through. We need to be motivated. Lyon are almost at full strength and they're at home. They have the same hopes and dreams as we do so we'll have to adapt to the circumstances.
We need to keep faith with our usual style, otherwise we'll suffer. If we suffer then we'll lose. It's about sticking to our philosophy. It won't be difficult having a touchline ban. The players hold the keys to this match, even if I would love to be pitchside.
Metz a-a Lyon
Match abandoned due to crowd disturbances
Granada 2-1 Sevilla (Pereira 27, Lombán 56; Ben Yedder 90+5pen)
Wissam Ben Yedder's third goal in his last two appearances was too little, too late for Sevilla.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: David Crossan (@UEFAcomDavidC)
Lyon are certainly capable of managing the two-goal win they need to advance, though Sevilla's greater experience of decisive European matches could prove telling.
If Lyon are to achieve the required result then Mathieu Valbuena must maintain his current good form and Alexandre Lacazette will have to be sharp in front of goal. The atmosphere promises to be like nothing the Parc OL has witnessed in the 12 months since it opened.
Did you know?
Lyon's home record against Liga clubs is W6 D3 L5. Read more in our extensive match background.