Caen were really close to getting a point from Nice last round and with a bit of luck they could have done it (lost 2-1 in the end). Opponents mildly dominated the game and Caen concentrated mainly on striking on counters. Thanks to fast wingers Bessat and Nangis Caen created a few opportunities and even scored, but unfortunately defenders couldn’t keep up with the rythm imposed by Ben Arfa and ended up conceding twice.
Defensive midfielder Delaplace (arrived from Lille this summer) made a poor game and opponents easily outplayed him with simple dribbling moves.
Missing fullback Imourou and central defender Yahia reduced Caen’s defensive potential. At the moment there is no new information regarding the two of them.
Lyon made another poor game last round when they lost on home ground against Rennes (finished 2-1).
The poor performance in the first round could have been because players were lacking fitness, the lucky win in the second round should have been a confidence boost and the beginning of a series of positive results, but the disappointing display last week is a clear sign that something is not right at Lyon.
Although they have transferred-in one of the best attacking midfielders in France (Valbuena) Lyon’s attacking phase is a huge let down.
It’s painful watching key forward Lacazette playing at an amateurish level. He can’t even finish a game and is substituted by newly arrived Beauvue who struggles to win a place in the lineup. Before Beauvue arrived Lacazette was an undisputed regular, and maybe he feels he doesn’t need to prove himself at this level and takes it as an insult.
Lyon’s best players so far are fullbacks Bedimo and Rafael who advance a lot and take part in most of Lyon’s actions. In fact Lyon’s strategy relies heavily on Bedimo and Rafael initiating actions down the flanks. They act more like wingers and midfielders Ferri and Tolisso are forced to guard the flanks in their absence. Needless to say they often encounter problems as tackling is not exactly one of their strengths.
Lyon may welcome back fullback Jallet after injury.
Until Lyon will address their issues they will be just a mediocre Ligue1 side. Hosts have a good chance to exploit Lyon’s reliance of fullbacks, especially since Caen are accustomed with counter attacking tactics. Caen +0.25 at 1.95
UPDATE: Caen will once again miss defenders Imorou and Yahia. Lyon will have to do without forward Lacazette but welcome back fullback Jallet
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Alhadhur, Le Joncour, Da Silva, Ben Youssef – Seube, Adéoti, Leborgne, Delaplace, Féret, Nkololo, Bessat – Nangis, Louis, Delort, Bazile
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bisevac, Rafael, J.Morel – Tolisso, Ferri, Mvuemba, Gonalons, Kalulu, Malbranque, Valbuena – Fékir, Cornet, Beauvue