Lyon suffered a surprising defeat last week away at Caen (lost 3-0) and with 2 rounds to go they can’t go anywhere up or down in the table.
Lyon continuously pushed the game forward but opponents’ keeper was in excellent form and prevented them from scoring. They underestimated the opponent, neglected the defensive phase and got punished 3 times on counters.
Besides pleasing the fans and enjoying football there’s not much motivation for Lyon nowadays. Coach Fournier may make a couple of changes but heavyweights Gonalons, Grenier, Fekir and Lacazette should have a place in the lineup.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Jallet after he was suspended last week.
Although it had 3 goals in it, the game between Bordeaux and Nantes last week was pretty boring. 2 goals from penalties and only long balls inside the penalty box can’t provide much entertainment… Bordeaux got all points in the end (won 2-1) and officially they still fight for a place in Europa League, but it’s an unrealistic objective that can’t be achieved.
Even if they are getting decent results Bordeaux lack creativity for a couple of rounds already and rely primarily on long balls. Not much enthusiasm in their game nowadays and it seems football is the last thing on their minds. Defenders can easily be caught on the wrong foot as they don’t perform at full potential.
Bordeaux may have official motivation but only Lyon are capable of playing lively football. Guests’ bored and slow defenders will have a hard time against skilled Lacazette and Fekir. Lyon -0.75 at 2.05
UPDATE: Hosts welcome back Fofana and Benzia after long injuries. Bordeaux will miss fullback Contento and midfielder Planus but welcome back central defender Sane.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Umtiti, B.Koné, M.Dabo, Rose, Zeffane – Tolisso, Ferri, G.Fofana, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Grenier, Malbranque – Benzia, Lacazette, Fekir, M.Yattara
Bprdeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Mariano, Guilbert, Pallois, Pellenard, L.Sané, Yambéré – Chantôme, Khazri, Plasil, Poko, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Kiese Thelin, Maurice-Belay, Rolan, Saivet, Crivelli