Thursday, August 18, 2022

Memphis Depay 4/1 to score anytime against Juventus in Friday’s Champions League tie

Competition: Champions League

Market: Memphis Depay to score anytime

Odds: 4/1 @ 888sport

Holding an ever so minor advantage after their shock first-leg victory back in March, Lyon will be looking to pick up a famous scalp when they travel to a downbeat Allianz on Friday night.

Starting with the hosts, while Juventus might have eventually managed to just about hang onto their Serie A title this summer, the Old Lady have been far from convincing. Signing off what has been a lackluster campaign with a shambolic 3-1 defeat at home against Roma, Maurizio Sarri’s position in the Allianz dugout is coming under more scrutiny by the week. Including rightfully receiving a string of criticism for their 2-0 loss away at a struggling Cagliari, the former Chelsea boss has seen his side lose three of their final four domestic contests and they have really continued to show some glaring issues at the back. While Cristiano Ronaldo might have led the line in clinical fashion this year, Juve have remarkably recorded just a sole clean sheet in any of their last 10 appearances and have also shipped at least a pair of strikes in six of their previous eight outings.

As for the visitors, while Lyon might have been left heartbroken to have seen PSG lift the Coupe de France on penalties last weekend, the French outfit gained plenty of plaudits for an eye-catching display. Asking a string of questions of the defending Ligue 1 champions and still boosted by their famous 1-0 win when they welcomed Juventus to the Groupama Stadium back in March, Rudi Garcia’s men previously had one leading marksman enjoying a stunning purple patch prior to football’s enforced break. Glad to welcome back Dutch international Memphis Depay after he had the time to recover from his long-term knee injury, the one-time Manchester United winger will be looking to cash in one a fragile Juve defence. Last seen bagging three goals in as many appearances before his injury, Depay had also quite remarkably managed to find the net in each of his last five Champions League appearances on the bounce.

Bet: Memphis Depay 4/1 to score anytime against Juventus in Friday’s Champions League tie @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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