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Europa League is not short of spectacular matches with a renowned team on the verge of being eliminated by a relatively unknown one. One of such pairings is Astra vs Lyon, where the hosts have been given little to no chance to go through after the draw. But in the first leg they produced one of the biggest shocks by winning with 1-2 at Lyon and emerging as surprise favorites to qualify.

The defeat against Astra was an embarrassment as backed up by the French press shaming the team for several days with titles like “Lyon humbled at home by Astra”. The visitors are that team who made it to the Champions League semifinal in 2010, won seven Ligue 1 titles in a row and ended up falling down to a team that just recently was able to challenge Steaua Bucharest for the title. Lyon have also injury worries as Grenier was ruled out for up to eight weeks due to a groin injury, that he picked up after being responsible for the penalty with which Astra ended up winning the match.
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Astra’s win over Lyon was the first one in history by a Romanian team on French soil, and this time’s hosts qualified for the play-offs after a 6-2 victory (also unexpected) against Slovan Liberec. The players have their feet firmly on the ground and they know how difficult it will be to qualify over Lyon, with Silviu Lung stating “We badly wounded Lyon’s ego and we are well aware that we will have to be even more focused in the second leg.”

Titan Bet favors the French side to win this match and gives them 1.90 odds for an outright win, while giving Astra 3.70. Lyon for both halves is at 3.00, Astra at 6.00. Lyon to keep a clean sheet is at 2.50, Astra at 3.95 and we’re betting 7 units on over 2.5 goals per match at 2.00 with Titan Bet.

Astra: Team’s Formation

1
S. Lung
22
Pliatsikas
5
Ben Youssef
15
C. Oroş
13
Junior Maranhão
6
G. Enache
14
V. Laban
6
S. Yahaya
10
C. Budescu
8
T. Seto
21
K. Fatai

Lyon: Team’s Formation

1
Anthony Lopes
14
M. Dabo
4
B. Koné
20
C. N'Jie
13
C. Jallet
28
A. Mvuemba
21
M. Gonalons
24
C. Tolisso
10
A. Lacazette
17
S. Malbranque
19
M. Yattara

End prediction for the match:
Over 2.5 goals per match

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