Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Lyon coach Alain Perrin is looking to recapture his side’s impressive home form in the Champions League as they entertain Stutttgart on Wednesday.
Lyon were unbeaten in European competition at home for four and a half years prior to the visit of Roma in March. Rangers inflicted a second consecutive home defeat last month with a 3-0 win that left Perrin’s men pointless after two Group E matches.
While a 2-0 win in Stuttgart last time out has revived Lyon’s prospects of reaching the knockout stages, Perrin knows they cannot afford another slip in front of their own fans.
“We need to produce a big performance for our supporters and for our future in the competition,” said the former Marseille boss. “The Rangers game taught us a lot. We started very offensively but got caught out. It’s vital not to concede first and I hope we’ve learned our lesson.”
Karim Benzema is poised to start as a lone attacker despite the availability of Fred following a three-match suspension. Jeremy Toulalan (knee) and Milan Baros (groin) join an injury list that includes long-term absentees Gregory Coupet, Cris and Patrick Muller.
Lyon’s ninth win (against Valenciennes) in their last ten Ligue 1 outings took them four points clear at the top, but Perrin expects a tougher test on Wednesday, saying: “We can’t allow Stuttgart as many chances as Valenciennes had. They’re a typical German side that love to attack and they’re fighting to stay in the competition. With forwards like [Mario] Gomez, Cacau and [Y?ld?ray] Basturk around, we’ll need to be on our guard.”
Stuttgart’s hopes of reaching the last 16 look slim after three straight losses, but the return of three key defenders – Fernando Meira, Matthieu Delpierre and Andreas Beck – has given the Bundesliga champions a boost.
“We have some key men back and that’s great news, even if they’re not yet 100 per cent fit,” said coach Armin Veh. “Our chances of qualifying are slim but we’ll make life as difficult as possible for Lyon. We owe it to ourselves, our fans and to German football to fight hard and give a good account of our club.”