UEFA Europa League: Lyon vs Sparta Prague live
Lyon welcome Czech side, Sparta Prague to the Groupama Stadium for their Europa League group stage return fixture. The match kicks off at 18:45 CET and Lyon will seek to bag another three points following their dramatic 4-3 win over Sparta at the Generali Arena in October.
Lyon are currently sixth in Ligue 1 and have 19pts after 12 games played. Although their performance in the domestic league has not gone exactly according to plan, they have been flawless in the Europa League and won all three of their group games played so far. A 2-1 win over Lens in Ligue 1 before tonight’s game puts Lyon in a good momentum.
Conversely, Sparta Prague have been in full force in 1. Liga and are in fourth position on 30pts after 13 games played with just 3pts behind the league leaders, Viktoria Pizen. However, Sparta’s journey in the Europa has been short on expectations as they have 4pts after 3 games. Although Sparta sit in second position in Group A, their position is under threat and a defeat today could see them drop down in the table. After a 2-2 draw against Banik Ostrava in the domestic league ahead of tonight’s encounter, Sparta will seek to build on their performance and go all out for a win tonight.
In their three meetings which have all come in the Europa League, Lyon have had the greater advantage with two wins and a draw while Sparta are yet to win a game.
The game could have a lot of twists but is likely to end in Lyon’s favour. Lyon are unbeaten so far at home in both Ligue 1 and Europa and the French side will definitely seek to protect this record tonight.
Lyon XI: Lopes; Diomande, Silva, Denayer, Henrique; Caqueret, Mendes; Cherki, Shaqiri, Aouar; Slimani
Sparta Prague XI: Nita; Hancko, Celustka, Panak, Wiesner; Haraslin, Sacek, Krejci, Pavelka, Pesek; Minchev