Lyon were pretty lucky last week away at Angers, as they played in numerical superiority for around 75 minutes. In these conditions the final outcome was of no surprise (Lyon won 3-0).
Lyon were pragmatic in the last two rounds, and although they haven’t been very convincing, they easily won both games with the same scoreline 3-0.
The good thing about Lyon is that they never withdraw in defense and wait to surprise opponents on counters. They make their usual game, regardless the scoreline, and the opponent. The same happened in the midweek Cup game away at PSG (lost 3-0)
This is a bad moment for Caen who are sitting on two consecutive defeats and failed to score in the last two rounds.
Especially disappointing was the game against Reims last round, game in which Caen’s forwards were soft and uninspired.
With forward Rodelin and Delort in poor form, Caen have absolutely no chance of getting positive results. There is nobody else who can score for Caen, maybe only central midfielder Feret through long range attempts.
Defenders also lost form and are slower and less inspired than usual. For example both central defenders got booked last round, because the only way to stop opponents was by fouling them.
Lyon is the kind of team that constantly pushes the game forward regardless the risks. But Caen are in such a poor offensive form that there won’t be any risks for Lyon if they make their usual game. One sided encounter and a comfortable home win. LYON -1 at 1.95
UPDATE: Lyon will have to do without midfielder Grenier. Caen will miss midfielders Diomande and Delaplace.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Yanga-Mbiwa, J.Morel, B.Koné, Jallet, Umtiti – Darder, Ferri, Gonalons, Tolisso, Labidi, Ghezzal, Valbuena – Lacazette, Cornet, G.Perrin
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Yahia, Ben Youssef, Da Silva, Alhadhur – Adéoti, Seube, Makengo, Leborgne, Féret, Nkololo – Bessat, Delort, Rodelin, Kouakou, Ntibazonkiza