Juventus vs. Lyon: Date, Time, Live Stream and Preview

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Juventus vs. Lyon: Date, Time, Live Stream and Preview
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Juventus will be confident in taking a step closer to a Europa League final in their home stadium when they welcome Lyon to Turin on Thursday night.

Juve go into the quarter-final second leg with a one-goal advantage, having snatched a late winner at Stade de Gerland in the tie's opener.

Since dropping into UEFA's secondary competition via the Champions League trapdoor, Juve have been tipped as favourites to win the trophy. However, defeat by the Bianconeri last Thursday was only the second loss for Lyon in this season's Europa League, meaning they will not roll over at Stadio del Alpi.

Check out the essential viewing info below to make sure you do not miss a minute of this European heavyweight tussle.

 

Venue: Stadio del Alpi

Date: Thursday, 10 April

Time: 8:05 p.m. BST/3:05 p.m. ET

Live stream: ITV 4 website

 

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Conte issues rallying cry

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Manager Antonio Conte has called on the Juve faithful to play a big part in Thursday's match. He knows a one-goal aggregate lead is no guarantee of going through the the semi-finals, so he has pleaded with the fans to get behind his men.

Per SkySports, Conte said:

This tie is far from over. Lyon have great players in attack. I hope to see a packed Juventus Stadium and that our fans make their voices heard to push the team forward. We need the crowd to rise to the big occasion. We want to be in the semi-final. It would be great to reach the last four, for Italian football as well as for Juve.

However, Conte might be worrying over nothing. Juve have a formidable home record and are a year undefeated at Stadio del Alpi, per Soccerway.com. Lyon will have to pull off a feat out of the reach of some of Europe's most fearsome clubs if they are to progress to the next round.

Lyon ravaged by injury

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As if manager Remi Garde's task was not difficult enough, he will have to face Juve without some of his best players. Lyon have been fighting with one hand behind their backs all season as key men have succumbed to injury.

Thursday's absentees include midfielders Clement GrenierGueida Fofana and the talismanic Yoann Gourcuff, while at the back, Mouhamadou Dabo and Miguel Lopes are both unavailable, per UEFA.com.

With so many key men missing, Garde's best chance might come from parking the bus and hoping to steal a couple of goals from set pieces. Travelling to Turin is never easy, but the task seems almost impossible with that level of injury to the squad.

Juve welcome back Vidal

While Lyon have all sorts of injury problems, Juventus are boosted by the return of linchpin Arturo Vidal.

The Chilean missed Monday's 2-0 Serie A victory over Livorno thanks to a one-match suspension, per Juventus' official website, so his return will add spark to Conte's midfield options.

Vidal is also Juve's joint top scorer in this season's Europa League campaign, hitting the net twice for the Bianconeri, via UEFA.com.

Teaming Vidal up with the fearsome front two of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente means Lyon will have to work extremely hard to keep a clean sheet. It is difficult to see any outcome other than a Juve win to keep them marching towards the final.

 

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