Even if Lyon scored only once last round (1-1 at Nantes) the form of the attacking players is continuously improving.
Last week midfielder Gourcuff returned from injury but to be honest I don’t think I’d like him in the lineup instead of Malbranque. The 34 years old is in top form and all his passes easily find the target and create numerical superiority.
Forward Fekir is also doing great lately and he was even called at the National team (France U21) for the game against Sweden next week.
There’s no need to even mention Lacazette whose market value simply skyrocketed due to the convincing and constant performances.
In defense Lyon also look impressive with Bedimo and Jallet on the sides participating in building-up play, and Kone – Umtiti in central defense finally in form after both of them suffered injuries.
Lille were a bit fortunate to get away with a draw in the midweek Europa League game at Wolfsburg (1-1). The Germans dominated but Lille defended heroically on two lines.
Both play-makers (Lopes and Martin) were out injured so Lille started with Rozenhal in central midfield (usually a central defender). Lille’s defensive intentions were more than clear. Upfront young Origi was the only one able to create some decent opportunities.
Lille may welcome back Martin for this round but this may be a double-edged sword. Martin completely lacks form and his presence can actually do more harm rather than good.
Fullback Souare suffered an injury against Wolfsburg and is doubtful at the moment.
Lille will concentrate on defending and try to speculate on counters just like they did against Wolfsburg. They got lucky once but now opponents are in good form and Lille are low on energy. Lyon -0.5 at 2.10
UPDATE: Besides midfielders Martin and Lopes and fullback Souare guests will also miss central defender Kjaer and forward Mendes.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – B.Koné, Bisevac, Tolisso, Bedimo, Jallet, Umtiti, Zeffane – Gonalons, Malbranque, Mvuemba, Ferri, Y.Gourcuff – Lacazette, Njie, Fékir, M.Yattara
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, D.Sidibé, Basa, Rozehnal, Soumaoro, Béria, Y.Koné – Balmont, I.Gueye, Ad.Traoré, Aholou – Roux, Rodelin, Origi, M.Frey