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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

15 Things about Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester United Champions League Match

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Manchester United is going to face French champion Olympique Lyonnais today in a crucial first leg first knock out round match of Champions League. Olympique Lyonnais will have home ground advantage today. The match will take place at the Lyon home ground, Stade de Gerland.

Manchester United is expected to play well taking their recent performance into account. Their 0-4 triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round match last week is still bright in their mind. With Wayne Rooney returning to action, Manchester United showed an imperious form in that match. Olympique Lyonnais is not in their dominant form so far this season that they used to be in the last six season. However, they have a point lead atop the French League 1 point table and still in the title race with the hope to win their seventh successive League 1 title.

However, both teams are pretty much consistent over the last few years in terms of their overall performance. So, it seems that an exciting match is waiting for the fans of both teams. Here, I am giving some information regarding the match between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester United:

  1. The match will take place on 20 February 2008 at 19:45 GMT.
  2. Olympique Lyonnais will have the advantage of home condition as they will take on Manchester United in front of their home supporters at the Stade de Gerland.
  3. Olympique Lyonnais-Manchester United match will be telecast live on Sky Sports 1 1 TV channel.
  4. Both Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais are defending champions of their domestic league.
  5. Manchester United reached the last 16 round as the winner of Group F, while Olympique Lyonnais found it hard to ensure their place in the first knock out round and finally finished second to Barcelona in Group E.
  6. Manchester United’s star midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is currently sharing the top place of the highest goal scorers’ list with scoring five goals from so far this season. Ronaldo has scored 19 league goals as well and currently stands atop the scorer’s list along with Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
  7. For Olympique Lyonnais, young forward Karim Benzema has been a revelation this season with 25 goals so far this season. The Frenchman is now the highest goal scorer of the league with 16 league goals. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shown his interest about Karim Benzema to get him in Manchester United next season.
  8. Olympique Lyonnais experienced a 0-1 defeat to Le Mans last Saturday which came to them as a big blow ahead of their Champions League showdown against Manchester United.
  9. Manchester United has not lost any match in the group stage of Champions League this season while Lyonnais suffered two defeats in the group stage.
  10. Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa have made a lethal combination in the up front of Olympique Lyonnais this season, while Manchester United has the combination of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. However, it is not yet confirmed if Ferguson drafts only Rooney into the final line up, considering his performance against Arsenal as the lone striker.
  11. Manchester United does not have any injury woe expect the club’s ling time absentees Gary Neville, Mikale Silvestre and Ben Foster. Olympique Lyonnais also has no injury problem. Rather defender Cris is expected to be back in action after recovering from a six-month long injury.
  12. Manchester United will get their regular members like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves for the clash with Olympique Lyonnais. All of them were rested for the Arsenal match.
  13. Manchester United won Champions League title twice in the history of the tournament while Olympique Lyonnais could not win the tournament until now.
  14. Both the teams have won three out of their last five matches including a draw and a lost in all competitions.
  15. Olympique Lyonnais captain Juninho has insisted on improving the performance of his team as he is not satisfied with the recent performance of his side.

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