Lyon vs. West Ham: The Hammers Hoping to Overcome Horrendous Form Away From Home

April 13, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022
Playoffs— Quarterfinals
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

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After failing to take the victory despite playing with a one-man advantage for over 45 minutes in the first leg, Olympique Lyon will host David Moyes’s West Ham in a winner-takes-all match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on the 15th of April, and kickoff is slated for 00:30 IST.

West Ham spent most of the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on the back foot as they played with a deficit of one man. They were able to hold on for a historic draw, frustrating Lyon to set up a crunch second leg clash in France. Olympique Lyon were left rueing their missed chances after failing to take advantage of their superior numbers at the London Stadium. Yet another Europa League quarter-final is perfectly balanced at 1–1 going into the second leg, and every football fan dreams of nights like these.

Teams Status

We bring you the latest form and team news from Lyon and West Ham:

Lyon Form and Team News

Olympique Lyon failed to capitalize on their one-man advantage in the first leg, and the frustration of the team was something coach Peter Bosz admitted later in an interview. The French side were unable to break down their English opponents over 90 minutes, and they have only been successful at defeating English teams in regular time thrice in their European competition history.

The home team have an impressive record of scoring in their last 15 Europa League matches, and striker Moussa Dembele has scored 7 times in Lyon’s last 7 home games, with 4 of those goals coming in the first 30 minutes. Lyon will hope to build on their solid form at home to find a way past the visitors.

For injuries and forced absences, Thiago Mendes, Rayan Cherki, Maxence Caqueret, Sinaly Diomande, Houssem Aouar, Tanguy Ndombele, and Anthony Lopes are doubts to feature for the home side due to varying injuries.

West Ham Form and Team News

Ten-man West Ham dug deep in the first leg to hold on, earning a previous draw even with a shortage of one man. They managed a goal to keep the tie balanced going into the second leg and travel to Lyon, hoping they could pull a fast one on the hosts in front of their fans.

Moyes’s men have been poor away from home, losing five straight away games. They have also lost three straight away games in the Europa League, failing to score in all three games, which is a definite concern their manager will address as the Hammers hunt for their first European semi-final appearance since the 1975/1976 season.

Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell, and Angelo Ogbonna are the only absentees for West Ham, and they are most likely to miss the trip to France due to varying injuries.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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West Ham’s poor away form has deservedly left them as outsiders to win this game, according to the three sportsbooks mentioned above. The odds for a win for Lyon on the Paripesa, Parimatch, and sportsbooks are placed at 2.17, 2.18, and 2.12, respectively.

For a draw, the odds are fixed at 3.7, 3.55, and 3.50, while a victory for the away underdogs is placed at 3.5, 3.35, and 3.40, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

West Ham have a poor record on the road in recent matches and can only hope to turn their dreadful away record around if they are to progress to the next round. Lyon represent a formidable opponent with semifinal hopes of their own, and their excellent home form (scoring in their last 15 home games in the EL) represents real intent in continental competition. Here are the possible outcomes for this fixture:

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.27

The first leg of this fixture ended in a 1–1 draw, even with one team playing with one man down. We expect a more tightly contested encounter in the second leg, as the absence of the away goal rule means the result is there for the taking for either side. A multi-goal result is on the cards, and over 1.5 goals is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.27 odds.

Tip: Goal in Both Halves @ 1.76

Perhaps a wildcard option, a goal in both halves is a likely outcome for games of this magnitude. Lyon have Moussa Dembele, who has scored seven goals in his last 7 home appearances, and four of those goals came in the first 30 minutes of the game. Michail Antonio scored West Ham’s opener with 5 of his last 6 goals. Goal in both halves is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.76 odds.


Lyon failed to make anything of their one-man advantage in the first leg, but their impressive home form suggests they could go on to win this match. West Ham will fancy an upset, seeing how difficult it was for Lyon to break them down in the first leg. We expect an exciting football game from both teams.

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