Lyon vs Betis
Info is good and the motivation factor on the home side. Sure, Lyon has not taken this competition seriously till now but as they are still in contention and as the opponents become stronger they will care. Betis is leading the group and is a formidable opponent but with a lot of worries on their mind. Lyon will field the best lineup so it is a statement of intent I guess.
Lyon is second in the group with 6 points and 1-3-0 till now. Betis is first with 8 points and 2-2-0. Vitoria is third with 4 points and if Vitoria doesn`t win Betis is qualified. Even if Betis loses and Vitoria wins Betis still has the last match against weak Rijeka at home. So this isn`t a very important game for Betis, the more important is the one against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Betis is dead last in the league with only 9 points and they have to win at home. There are also rumours that PePe Mel will be sacked if they don`t win. The headlines in Spain say Betis will be in Lyon only with their bodies, not with their minds. And the coach agrees somewhat as some of the best players are rested.
Rubén Castro, Molina, Vadillo, Juan Carlos Amaya did not travel while Perquis is injured.
Some youngsters like Caro, Pedro, Pepelu, Abeledo and Sergio were called.
The team that traveled to Lyon is:“ Andersen, Sara, Jordi, Nacho, Juanfran, Nono, Cedrick, Caro, Dídac, Xavi Torres, Salva Sevilla, Chuli, Pedro, Paulao, Steinhöfer, Lolo Reyes, Verdú, Pepelu, Abeledo and Sergio.“
Lyon:“ Koné.B - Bedimo - Bisevac - Briand - Ferri - Fofana - Gorgelin - Gomis - Gonalons - Gourcuff - Grenier -Tolisso - Lacazette - M.Lopes - Malbranque - Pléa - Umtiti - Vercoutre.“
Lyon is on a solid run in the league though they took only point against Valencienes but deserved to win. They don`t wan`t to break the good run and the timing couldn`t be more right to take on Betis.