Champions League Preview: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Real Sociedad

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Updated: August 16, 2013
Stade de gerland

Match Date: 21 August 2013

Kick-off: 02.45

 

It has been almost a decade since they dueled at the Stade de Gerland for the Champions League, and the Olympique Lyonnais-Real Sociedad pair-up still swelter in blistering rivalry. Both teams will be returning to the same stadium, for the same trophy, and with the same intent of emerging victorious. Their last fixture saw the French club flying with colors with a 2-0 win (aggregate) against the Spanish side. But this time around, will Olympique Lyonnais remain at the top of the race or will Real Sociedad make their revenge and conquer online betting odds?

 

Past meeting with home side

After making impressive maneuvers in La Liga, Txuri-urdin (Real Sociedad) qualified directly for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League by finishing at number two; they had a solid winning streak at home, scored 71 goals in total, and were defeated only on a few occasions. However, their fire was soon put off after Les Gones (Olympique Lyonnais ) defeated them in the Group D Champions League, both home and away. Since then, Real Sociedad have never been able to go back to the tournament. Their 2012-13 La Liga season appearance was a saving grace, whereby they finished fourth place. Thanks to this magnificent comeback, the team have won a ticket to re-enter in the Champions League this year (but in the play-offs, this time).

 

Olympique Lyonnais’ trigger factor

For a dozen of successive appearances (direct qualifications) in the Champions League, Les Gones had an unexpected debacle from last season. This forfeited their smooth form in the tournament. Via the playoffs, the side are hoping to return to the League group stage. The team have already seen off Switzerland’s Grasshopper Club in the third qualifying round, winning 1-0 both home and away. By home European fixtures, Olympique Lyonnais are unbeaten seven times—which include five wins.

 

The outcome

Txuri-urdin are hoping for a better result at Les Gones than what they had managed during their 2004 European fixture. But Olympique Lyonnais are a huge wall to bring down and records show that they are the stronger side in the clash. Hence, this match would still finish in the French side’s favor, albeit the Spanish team will give them a hard time in the pitch.

 

 

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