Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After shocking Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, Olympique Lyon will be looking to claim yet another major scalp in the elite competition when they take on Bayern Munchen at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Les Gones are likely to stick to their defence-minded approach, but preventing the Bavarian giants from scoring is easier said than done. The Bundesliga champions recorded a historical 8-2 win over Barcelona in the previous round, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s showdown.
Bayern Munchen know how to break the deadlock when playing against defence-oriented teams, and we are positive that they will move one step closer to winning their sixth Champions League (European Cup) trophy. Youssouf Kone is likely to miss the game with injury for the Ligue 1 outfit, while defender Benjamin Pavard is out of contention for the Bavarians. In their last meeting in the Champions League Bayern Munchen outplayed Olympique Lyon 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Karl Toko-Ekambi):
Karl Toko Ekambi is a professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Angers as a striker. Ekambi was born in Paris on September 14 1992, but he does not represent les Tricolores on the international stage. The 183-cm-tall attacker plays for Cameroon and it has to be noted that he made his senior debut for les Lions Indomptables in a 3-2 win over Burkina Faso back in June, 2015.
Ekambi came as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match, replacing fellow attacker Mengolo. The Cameroonian footballer played for Paris FC during his youth career and he made his first-team debut for the capital club on April 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw with Beauvais. Karl Toko Ekambi scored 21 goals in 66 appearances for Paris from 2010 to 2014 and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Sochaux.
After netting 25 goals in 72 appearances for the club, in the summer of 2016 Ekambi signed a contract with Angers which expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times.
The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005.
Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.