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Lyon vs. Real Madrid: Champions League Betting Preview

No doubting Real Madrid’s excellence but Lyon have a formidable home record and a small lay of the Spanish giants at cramped odds on Wednesday is advised.

Jose Mourinho takes his side to Stade Gerland sitting top of La Liga and with the only 100 per cent record still remaining in the Champions League.

Real crushed Lyon a fortnight ago and everything looks in place for them to follow up. However, there is little value in backing the side from the Spanish capital at just 1.66 and I’m happy to oppose them for small stakes.

Lyon struggled to cope with Real’s mighty firepower in the Bernabeu on Matchday 3, losing 4-0, but many sides take a beating at the famous stadium and they will be much happier in front of their own fans.

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Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese forward has scored 10 goals in as many La Liga matches so far this season, will be the host’s priority but this is a game Real don’t need to win and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them adopt a slightly more cautious approach.

There is no doubt Mourinho would be happy with a point to edge closer to qualification for the last 16 and the Real boss might just have to settle for one. Lyon have won their last seven matches at home, scoring at least two goals on each occasion, and it is just two defeats since January 2010 in all competitions.

Those rare reversals, against Bayern Munich and Saint-Etienne, prove just how difficult Lyon are to beat in France and, while they are missing key men such as Lisandro Lopez and Michel Bastos, it is a proud record they will be keen to preserve.

Currently level on points with Ajax, anything gained from this double-header with the second favourites in the outright would be a bonus for Lyon and manager Remi Garde will be all too aware that a draw is a good result.

Real are worthy favourites, but laying 1.66 shots away from home against a team as talented as Lyon appeals and I’m happy to do so.

1pt Lay Real Madrid (vs. Lyon) @ 1.66 (Betfair)

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