18:00 GMT 22 February 2018
Thursdays have become so well-known for Europa League nights and this Thursday is no different after a handful of Champions League fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday. In one of the bigger ties, Villarreal face Lyon for their Last 32 second-leg. The first-leg, which was played last week, finished 3-1 to Lyon. Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring for the French side and while Pablo Fornals equalised, goals from Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay meant Lyon take a huge advantage into this week’s game.
The first-leg between these sides was their one and only previous meeting, it was Lyon who were successful on the night, taking advantage of the home fixture and managing to take a 3-1 lead into this second-leg. Villarreal will need to win this one by at least two goals if they want any chance of making it into the Last 16. Head to head matches: Villarreal CF - Olympique Lyon
Head to head matches: Villarreal CF - Olympique Lyon
This is a must-win game for the hosts otherwise they will be dumped out of the Europa League. Ruben Semedo has been arrested while injured so definitely won’t play while Nicola Sansone and Leonardo Suarez are among the other players ruled out for the match.
Latest matches: Villarreal CF
|18.02.2018||LaLi||Espanyol Barcelona||Villarreal CF||1:1||D|
|15.02.2018||UEFA||Olympique Lyon||Villarreal CF||3:1||L|
|10.02.2018||LaLi||Villarreal CF||CD Alaves||1:2||L|
|03.02.2018||LaLi||Betis Sevilla||Villarreal CF||2:1||L|
|27.01.2018||LaLi||Villarreal CF||Real Sociedad||4:2||W|
Lyon can afford to not be at their best on Thursday with their two-goal cushion but must still get the job done in a professional way. Maxwel Cornet and Kenny Tete are the only two unavailable players for the French side. Latest matches: Olympique Lyon
Latest matches: Olympique Lyon
Villarreal need a massive performance if they are to advance to the next round which means they will probably win on the night but Lyon are expected to win on aggregate and make their way into the Last 16. It will be a big surprise if the hosts can overturn the deficit against a very strong Lyon side.
22 February 2018 - 18:00 GMT
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