Evian had a shy performance last round away at Bastia but they still managed to win 2-1.
Wass was once again Evian’s best player and scored again reaching a total of 7 goals this season.
Evian’s biggest strength is the collective efforts that assure numerical superiority and make it difficult for opponents to find any open spaces. At the beginning of the season Evian’s defense was at an amateurish level, but now players found rythm and picked up confidence.
Evian’s offensive potential is not frightening at all, but winger (or sometimes central midfielder) Wass is an exceptional player and a single free-kick can be enough for Evian to score…
Although they on 2-1 Lyon were far from convincing last round against Reims. Their major weakness were lateral midfielders Tolisso and Mvuemba who always hesitated when they should’ve got involved in actions with fullbacks Bedimo and Jallet. In these conditions fullbacks need to make twice the effort, get exhausted pretty fast and opponents can exploit this situation.
Lyon’s offensive players seem to be a bit selfish and maybe this is why the winner arrived only in extra time. All of them are young, talented and in-form and the desire to prove themselves can sometimes hurt the group.
Good news for Lyon as they will welcome back central defender Bisevac after suspension.
Evian will be happy to let Lyon take initiative and only once in a while attempt to take them by surprise. Bookies made Lyon clear favorites but only a free-kick or a long range shot could be enough for Wass to score and Evian to get at least 1 point.
UPDATE: Lyon’s fullback Bedimo was given some well deserved resting time.
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy – Sabaly, A.Angoula, Mongongu, Cambon, Abdallah, Boy – D.Koné, Sorlin, Tejeda, Barbosa, Camus, Ninkovic, Wass, Thomasson – Sougou, Nielsen, Nsikulu
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, B.Koné, M.Dabo, Bisevac, Zeffane – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Malbranque – Ghezzal, Fekir, Lacazette, Njie, Benzia