Olympique Lyonnais v West Ham United – All you need to know
For West Ham United, Lyon-born centre-back Kurt Zouma has been ruled out after suffering a sprained ankle during Sunday’s Premier League game at Brentford.
Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna is still unavailable after undergoing knee surgery before Christmas, while left-back Aaron Cresswell will miss Thursday’s game through suspension after being sent off in the first leg.
For Lyon, Peter Bosz saw three of his regular starters limp with injuries in their 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar all left during the game, while defender Thiago Mendes is also believed to be nursing a blow.
Before these potential losses, Bosz already knew he would be without teenage attacking midfielder Rayan Cherki (foot), defender Sinaly Diomandé (ankle) and central midfielder Maxence Caqueret (back).
UEFA Europa League
If Thursday’s second leg ends in a tie, two 15-minute overtime periods will be played.
The away goals rule no longer applies and all goals are scored the same. Thus, if the scores are still tied overall at the end of extra time, a penalty shootout will take place.
Each manager can use five substitutes in regular time, and a sixth substitute can be used in extra time, if necessary. However, the five substitutions in regulation time can only be made during three stoppages of play (outside half-time) and the sixth during a fourth stoppage of play in extra time (outside half-time in overtime).
The opposition – Olympique Lyonnais
The origins of Olympique Lyonnais in 1950 echo those of West Ham United exactly 50 years earlier.
For, just as was the case within Thames Ironworks in 1900, it was internal disagreements over the use of amateur and professional players within Lyon Olympique Universitaire that led to the formation of a new professional club in August 1950.
Similar to the original West Ham United, which moved to the Boleyn Ground four years after the club’s reform, Olympique Lyonnais – or Lyon, for short – moved to the Stade de Gerland just months after its inception, and both clubs would remain elsewhere to their historic homes until 2016.
On the pitch, Lyon quickly established themselves, winning Ligue 2 in their first season, 1950/51, before winning their first Coupe de France in 1964 – the same year West Ham won the FA Cup for the first time. times – under the guidance of former French international midfielder Lucien Jasseron (pictured below).
Lyon would win a second Coupe de France in 1967 and a third in 1973, but the club from France’s third city remained largely in the green shadow of local rivals AS Saint-Étienne, who themselves won eight both Ligue 1 between 1963/64 and 1975/76.
In 1983, when the France team had become one of the best in the world, Lyon was relegated to Ligue 2, where he remained for six years.
During this period, in 1987, the club was bought by local businessman Jean-Michel Aulas, who unveiled an ambitious plan called OL Europe with the aim of bringing Lyon back to Ligue 1 and European competition within four years.
Aulas erased the club’s debts, restructured its finances and transformed it into one of the richest and most powerful in France.
At the turn of the millennium, Aulas’ vision became reality and in 2001/02 Lyon were crowned French champions for the first time in their history, led by the Brazilian trio Sonny Anderson, Juninho Pernambucano and Edmílson, as well as exceptional French midfielder Eric Carriere.
Surprisingly, Lyon would retain the Ligue 1 title in each of the following six seasons, despite two managerial changes, first after Jacques Santini left to coach France in 2002 and then when Paul Le Guen resigned and was replaced by Gérard Houllier in 2005.
During this streak, Lyon also won a fourth Coupe de France, their first Coupe de la Ligue and a record six Trophées des Champions, and also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League on three occasions.
Despite being the final pillar of Aulas’ master plan, a major European trophy still eludes Lyon, whose only continental success came in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1997.
West Ham United supporters will hope that remains the case when Thursday’s second leg ends…
Thursday’s encounter will be the second competitive encounter between West Ham United and Olympique Lyonnais, following last week’s 1-1 draw in east London.
Before that, West Ham’s only previous experience against French opposition in UEFA competition was against Metz in one of the three 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup finals, when Harry Redknapp’s side lost the first leg 0-1 at home before winning 3-1 away.
OL are unbeaten in their last seven matches against English opponents, with four wins and three draws, including a 3-1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final success against Manchester City in Lisbon in July 2020.
In total, Lyon have played against English clubs 22 times, winning eight, drawing nine and losing six. The French are also unbeaten in their last 12 European home games, although eight of them have been drawn.