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Manchester United vs Olympique Lyonnais Champions League: Preview and Live Score

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Manchester United vs Olympique Lyonnaise Live Score and Updates

Manchester United hosts Olympique Lyonnais in the second leg match of last 16 round of Champions League 2007-2008. The match takes place at the Old Trafford stadium on 4 March 2008. The first leg match was drawn 1-1 at the Lyonnais home ground, Stade Gerland, last month. So, Manchester United now has advantage of their away goal. They need at least a goal less draw against the French Champions on Tuesday to make it to the next round of Manchester United.

Match: Manchester United vs Olympique Lyonnais, Second Leg of Round 16, Champions League

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: 4 March 2008, Tuesday

Time: 19:45 GMT

Both Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais are defending champion in their domestic league and are still active in the title race of league competition so far this season. Lyonnais has made a tremendous record with winning the French League 1 title for last six consecutive years. They are leading the league 1 point table with 52 points so far this season with three points clear of their closest competitor Bordeaux in the title race.

Similarly, Manchester United is also active in premier league with 64 points to their credit so far. Though they are still a point behind the leaders Arsenal at the top, Manchester United has all the possibilities to defend their premier league title this season. Manchester United got off to a frustrating start in premier league this season with a number of early setbacks. However, they bounced back successfully and put on huge dominance over the oppositions teams and climbed up at the top twice, but failed to hold on there on both occasions.

Recent Performance of Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais

Manchester United has been in an imperious form taking their recent performance in to account. They defeated Fulham tonight 3-0 following their last week’s thrashing victory over Newcastle United 5-1 in premier league. This has been the third big margin victory for Manchester United since they suffered a shocking defeat to city rivals Manchester City last month. They have progressed to the next round of FA Cup match through defeating Arsenal 4-1 at home. Out of their last seven matches Manchester United won four, drew twice and lost in the other match.

Olympique Lyonnais has not showed that much dominance so far this season that they have been showing for the last few seasons. Alike Manchester United, Lyonnais also suffered a defeat to third placed Le Mans UC 72 in league 1 last month. Olympique Lyonnais has league match before then face Manchester United. OSC Lille hosts Lyonnais in a league match tonight. They have also lost one match out of their last seven matches with four victories and a draw.

If you consider their recent head to head meeting, Manchester United seems to be favorite for the upcoming clash. In their last three meetings, Manchester United won once and drew in other two matches. Last time Manchester United hosted Lyonnais was in 2004 where they reeled off a 2-1 victory. So, Manchester United can be inspired remembering the victory.

Neither team has any major injury blow. Manchester United is not sure if Ryan Giggs will be fit for the home match against Lyonnais. He along with Carrick was rested for their recent premier league match against Fulham. Manchester United’s long time absentee Gary Neville will remain out as he is still recovering from his injury. However, Olympique Lyonnais does not have any notable injury woe ahead of the important match against Manchester United.

Manchester United will be looking for another phenomenal performance from Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Ronaldo is currently the highest goal scorer of premier league so far this season. In the midfield, they have some young but talented players along with the experienced players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes etc. Rooney and Tevez are imperious in the up front along with effective Louis Saha. Manchester United defense is also very impressive to look at. The players like Patrice Evra, Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, John O'Shea etc. are enough to show enough resistance against any side.

Olympique Lyonnais also has a balanced side with a number of young, skillful and experienced players. Captain Juninho is the life of their midfield. However, their main strength remains in the up front where Karim Benzema has been in an imperious form so far this season. Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has been revelation so far this season with some phenomenal performances. Their defense is also effective with some skillful players in the back line of the team.

Manchester United vs Olympique Lyonnais Champions League: Online Live Score

Those who will not be able to watch the live action of the matches on their television can get the online live score and updates of the match from different websites. Some links of these websites are given below:

Live Score

Goalzz

Footie Scorez

Sportpress

Goal.com

Both Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais are balanced side. They have some influential footballers who are capable of turning a match in their way. So, the match is expected to be very competitive as either side will put on their every possible effort to clinch a victory. Manchester United will have home advantage, while Olympique Lyonnais will atone for the revenge of their defeat four years ago at Old Trafford. So, it seems that a mouth watering clash is waiting here for the fans of both sides. I hope that Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais players will come up with their best form in the match and present with an entertaining match.

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