Rémi Garde’s team produced an amazing 7-1 win away to Dinamo Zagreb to book their place in the last sixteen and couldn’t have been handed an easier draw when they were paired with an APOEL team who have been the surprise package in the Champions League.
Nevertheless, some will feel that the 1/2 (Paddy Power £100 free bets) about Lyon winning this game is far too big even if they slipped up at home to Caen on Saturday which can probably be put down to a heavy focus on getting things right in this match.
What to make of this Cypriot team? They were massive outsiders to qualify from their group, never mind finish ahead of Zenit, Shakhtar and Porto to go through as winners. We should note that Nicosia managed to draw all three of their away games and a repeat of this on Tuesday is 7/2 (Boylesports free bet).
Perhaps the visitors will keep surprising us and Ivan Jovanović’s team are 15/2 (Bet Victor bookmaker) to have one foot in the quarter final by winning at the Stade de Gerland, with Ailton Almeida likely to be the danger man for APOEL.
The striker scored three times during the group stage and can be backed at 12/1 to score the first goal of this game, while the prolific Lisandro Lopez is a 9/2 chance for the home side.