Only 1 victory for Lyon in the last 5 games (Champions League included), and it may seem like this is a difficult period for them. But actually they are on the right path, and managed to leave the difficult moment behind.
They struggled with injuries and suspensions for about a month, but now things are better, especially in the attacking phase where all key players are available. In defense they will have to do without Morel and Yanga – Mbiwa.
Lyon put up a decent performance in the midweek Champions League game against Juventus, and they were a bit unlucky to lose all points (Juve won 1-0). They are a bit rusty at the moment, as some of their key players still lack form.
Guingamp made a good game last week against Lille and deserved to win all points (won 1-0). They were very compact in midfield and opponents struggled to create tunnels. If by any chance they managed to enter the penalty box, keeper Johnsson proved to be in excellent form and made miracles.
So far Guingamp struggled in away games, not because their tactics or confidence, but because they also played against the referees. They got a red card in each their last 3 away games, cards that prove to be decisive (Guingamp lost all those games).
Guingamp are very disciplined, and it’s a really difficult task to open them up in normal conditions.
Guests will welcome back midfielder Diallo after suspension, but will have to do without defender Leveque.
There are a couple of bets that are appealing, based not on conspiracy theories, but on recent history. Another red card for Guingamp may be too obvious, and may also raise some questions in France. A penalty to be scored seems like a good choice, especially since there have been 2 penalties against Guingamp in their last two away games. The odds for that bet range from 3.50 to 4.50. Another good bet is Guingamp to receive 3 or more cards at around 3.40. The referee of the game will be mister Gautier, and he was in charge of Marseille – Lyon a few rounds ago, when Marseille was booked 3 times, and keep in mind they were playing on home ground and were in charge of the game (finished 0-0).
Lyon : A.Lopes, Gorgelin – M.Diakhaby, Gaspar, Mammana, Nkoulou, Rafael, Rybus – Darder, Ferri, Gonalons, Tolisso, Tousart – Cornet, Ghezzal, Kalulu, Lacazette, Valbuena
Guingamp : Johnsson, Salin – Ikoko, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Marçal – Deaux, Didot, Sankoh, M.Diallo, Giresse – De Pauw, Privat, Coco, Salibur, Briand, A.Mendy, Blas