Lyon fully deserved to win last round away at Nice (finished 3-1). Lyon made a great game from all points of view. In defense they kept it as tight as possible despite conceding 1 goal. Opponents had major difficulties in approaching Lyon’s penalty box and had to rely mostly on long range attempts.
The performance is even more impressive as important defensive midfielder Gonalons was suspended. He will return for this game and definitely increase the defensive strength.
Upfront Lyon moved the ball around easily and destabilized opponents through fast paced actions. They had to do without attacking midfield Gourcuff who is injured but replacement Malbranque was in great form and even managed to score. As a side-note, this is Gourcuff’s 27 injury since arriving at Lyon in 2010…
Guingamp played their 4th Europa League game this week. Guingamp always use regulars in this competition, not necessarily because the management or the fans asked to be this way but because the squad is thin and Guingamp simply don’t have the means to substitute the majority of players. Forward Schwartz was the only one left outside the squad, but it is not yet clear if he was left to rest, if he was injured or simply punished for the poor performances as of late.
They are making decent games in Europa League but the problem is that tiredness quickly accumulates and it affects their Ligue1 performances. They got heavily outplayed in Ligue1 each time after European games and last time it was simply a disaster (Guingamp – Nice 2-7).
At the moment Lyon is the most in-form Ligue1 side and has a very lucid and effective playing style. A tired Guingamp simply has no chance in-front of Lyon. Lyon -1.25 at 2.12
UPDATE: Guingamp will miss defender Angoua through suspension. Striker Schwartz was left outside the squad once again.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Umtiti, Bedimo, Jallet, B.Koné, Bisevac, Zeffane – Gonalons, Tolisso, Mvuemba, Malbranque, Bahlouli – Ghezzal, Fekir, Lacazette, Njie, M.Yattara
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard, Yirango – Jacobsen, Sorbon, Sankoh, Baca, Kerbrat, Garcia – Mathis, M.Diallo, Sankharé, S.Yatabaré, Giresse, Pied, S.Marveaux, Beauvue – Mandanne, Aliloui, Achahbar