Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Olympique Lyon were on the verge of beating Hoffenheim in Germany two weeks ago, but Joelinton’s late goal helped the Bundesliga side grab something from the match. The two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, but Lyon are considered hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football match at Groupama Stadium. Les Gones have been scoring goals for fun in the Champions League group stages and seeing that a win over Hoffenheim will see them move one step closer to making it to the last 16 of the elite competition, home win should be considered. It is well known that the Germans are not regarded as good travelers, therefore, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. As always, always will be on former Manchester United ace Memphis Depay, speaking of the home side, while Lyon defenders should have Andrej Kramaric at bay.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007.
He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian.
Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the Bundesliga .
Hoffenheim plays its home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.