Champions Cup Preview: Lyon v Leinster

Leo Cullens’ Leinster side will travel to Lyon on Saturday to face the hosts in Pool 1 of the Champions Cup in which we have a preview below . The game takes place at 4.15pm on Saturday at the Matmut Stadium De Gerland.

This is a big game for Lyon in their second season in the Champions Cup. They lost last weekend 25-14 to English Gallagher Premiership side Northampton Saints. In contrast to that Leinster had a much better weekend getting a bonus point win over Benetton. The score at the RDS was 33-19. This Champions Cup meeting is surely going to be a close one to call, let’s now preview some statistics.

 

Statistics and Head to Head

Let’s now take you through some of the statistics. Firstly, we will look at the home side, Lyon. Lyon have played 7 games in Europe to date. They have failed to win any of those 7 games. In those 7 games they have accumulated 101 points. However, they have conceded 208 points. Their biggest win came in 2018 beating Cardiff by 9 points, the biggest loss came to Glasgow Warriors last year by 20 points.

Looking at Leinster now. They have played 169 games in total in Europe’s top competition. They have 114 wins, 5 draws and 50 losses from those games. Therefore, this means they have 67% win strike rate. They have accumulated 4360 points in total and have conceded 3154 points. Leinster’s biggest win came against Bourgoin in 2004 winning by 75 points, the biggest loss they suffered was by the 41 points by the Wasps in 2016.

This is the sides first meeting in the Champions Cup.

Match Facts

  • This is the first time Lyon will meet Irish opposition
  • Leinster have lost just one of their last 8 games away from home in the pool stages of the competition.
  • Garry Ringrose who scored a hatrick against Benetton was the first Leinster player to do so since Jack Conan in 2016 (against Montpellier).
  • Ringrose became the 8th Leinster player to score a European hat trick

Betting

The betting is very close. Lyon are priced at 6/4, while Leinster are considered 8/15 favourites. Leinster should have enough in the tank here for and I would back them at -4 at 10/11.