APOEL manager Ivan Jovanovic has set his team up with a perfect 4-2-3-1 formation.
Away from home—especially against technically superior opponents—the well-rehearsed formation and tactics that go with it allow Jovanovic's team to slow the tempo of the game, stop the opposition playing their game and hit them on the counter-attack.
The two holding midfielders who play a more defensive role away from home, Nuno Morais (formerly of Chelsea) and Helio Pinto, did a great job in slowing down Lyon's play, making nine interceptions between them.
But at the GSP Stadium, Jovanovic's men will play a more attacking style with a higher tempo.
Unlike in usual 4-2-3-1 formations where the full-backs go forward, the two holding midfielders will be encouraged to surge up-field with the ball, increasing the pace of the game, hitting Lyon's defence and flooding their final third with more options.
That sort of fast-paced unpredictability to their attack at home has tripped up many teams, including FC Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg.
Lyon aren't playing great football at the moment and aren't in the best of form, in attack and especially in defence.
So expect them to at least concede their all-important one goal advantage to start with in the return leg.