Although they won 3-2 Lyon were often outplayed last round against Evian. Especially in the first half Evian cornered Lyon many times and deserved to lead 1-0 at the break.
Right fullback Jallet is by far Lyon’s major weakness because of his offensive appetite. He is a very experienced player, but at 31 he can’t cope with fast paced counters and is often caught on the wrong foot. Evian’s most actions last round were carried on Jallet’s side, because they realized he often leaves his position and doesn’t have the power to make a comeback.
Even if all of Lyon’s goals last round arrived following set pieces (free-kick, corner and penalty) they have tremendous potential in the attacking phase, with Lacazzette being one of the best forwards in Ligue1 and Fekir bursting with energy and creativity.
Just like Lyon, Caen were also involved in a high scoring thriller last week (lost 3-2 to Nice). Caen conceded twice following set pieces (penalty and free-kick) but this doesn’t mean their defense was solid in open play. Lack of communication was obvious and defenders were either too close or too far from one another.
Caen’s major strength was by far the left flank with Nangis and Koita. Left winger Nangis scored once and also won a penalty, while forward Koita dragged opponents after him and cleared the path in Nangis’ way.
Caen will welcome back defender Pierre after suspension.
The battle Nangis vs Jallet may not be enough for deciding the winner, but may be enough for Caen to score at least once. An action packed game is foreseen with many goal scoring opportunities on both ends. Over 2.75 goals at 2.14
UPDATE: Caen welcome back winger Bazile after injury.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, B.Koné, Bisevac, Bedimo, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Malbranque, Ghezzal, Fekir – Lacazette, Benzia, M.Yattara
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Seube, D.Da Silva, Al.Yahia, Imorou, Pierre – Adéoti, Saez, N.Kanté, Féret – Bazile, Nangis, Raspentino, Koita, Privat, Duhamel