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Lyon v West Ham betting tips: Defensive worries for Hammers

| 13.04.2022

Lyon v West Ham betting tips, odds and preview

West Ham hope to put the disappointment of Sunday’s defeat at Brentford behind them as they look to book their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Hammers slipped further behind in the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League, but they can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning this competition.

The first leg finished 1-1 at the London Stadium and they are 13/5 underdogs to win in France, so let’s examine some of the odds and markets to help with our Lyon v West Ham betting tips.

Lyon v West Ham form

West Ham have taken just one point from their last five away games in the top flight which has affected their chances of finishing in the top four.

They head to the culinary capital of France hoping to serve up the win they need to reach the last four, having spent the whole of the second half against Lyon with just 10 men following Aaron Cresswell’s soft dismissal for denying Moussa Dembele a goalscoring opportunity.

Their poor results on the road mean Lyon are the 21/20 favourites to win the second leg as they look to maintain their unbeaten record in this competition.

Lyon are having a miserable season in Ligue 1, with Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Strasbourg leaving them in 10th spot, but they are unbeaten in the Europa League and eliminated Portuguese leaders Porto in the round of 16, so they are no mugs.

Peter Bosz’s side also drew 1-1 at home to Rangers in the group stage, so we go 23/10 on another even 90 minutes or 5/1 on that scoreline in our Lyon v West Ham betting tips.

That outcome would mean extra time, with Lyon 9/1 to win during the 30 minutes and West Ham 12/1, while both teams are 11/1 to go through on penalties for a potential clash with Barcelona.

West Ham may be struggling on the road domestically, but they have lost just once away from home in the Europa League, a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla.

Seven of their eight games have involved three goals or fewer, so an away win and under 3.5 goals is available at 10/3, while both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win is 7/4.

Lyon v West Ham head to head

The opening leg was the first meeting between these teams and Moyes was encouraged by the fact his side took the lead despite being a man down.

He said: “When you go down to 10 men, I think you have to praise my players for getting a draw out of the game. But we’ll have to play better to give ourselves a better chance.”

The visitors had 23 shots compared with the east Londoners’ five, and although only four were on target they certainly looked a threat going forward with Dembele in attack and Lucas Pacqueta playing just behind.

Three-quarters of Lyon’s games at home in Ligue 1 have produced goals at both ends and it’s 8/11 on that outcome or 3/1 on the French side to win and concede.

Lyon v West Ham team news

The biggest news to come out of the Hammers’ defeat at Brentford was the injury sustained by Kurt Zouma, who went off after half an hour with an ankle injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

West Ham were already stretched defensively with Cresswell suspended, so with Zouma out, Issa Diop should accompany Craig Dawson at the back with Ben Johnson set to line up at left-back.

Lyon also have injury problems, with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and midfielders Tanguy Ndombele, who scored the equaliser last week, and Houssem Aouar all limping off at the weekend.

Goalscorer odds

Dembele has scored nine goals in his last 14 appearances for Lyon and is the 7/2 favourite to get the ball rolling on Thursday and 6/4 to score.

Pacqueta has nine for the season and is 11/2 and 23/10 in the two markets, while new signing Tete is 5/1 and 2/1.

Jarrod Bowen’s deflected effort put West Ham ahead last week and the forward is viewed as the hosts’ best chance to score first at 15/2 or he can be backed at 14/5 to find the net in Thursday’s Lyon v West Ham betting tips.

Striker Michail Antonio is going through a lean spell but is next in the betting at 8/1 and 3/1, while Said Benrahma looks an interesting option at 9/1 and 7/2 having gone close to breaking the deadlock in the first half.

Match Info

Where: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

When: 20:00, Thursday 14th April

How to watch: BT Sport

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner