Lyon died on their own hand last round. They controlled the game, dominated but failed to get even 1 point.
They disconsidered the opponent from the beginning, precipitated in all their actions and neglected the defensive duties. This of course sealed the fate of the 3 points.
Not only that, but because of frustration Lyon also lost Lacazette in the process, as he picked up a red card and will be suspended for this game. He is not a key player as Lyon have a number of wingers available, the only problem is that most of them are still young and with little experience.
The game against Ajaccio was very frustrating for Lyon, they’ve accumulated a lot of anger and this round Lille will be the victims of that anger.
Especially at home Lyon is very aggressive and manages to cover most areas on the field. Midfielders Grenier and Malbranque have many attempts at creating tunnels, and most the times they are successful. When those two don’t get involved the game is easily pushed on the flanks.
Unfortunately for hosts they have a long injury list and no player will be returning for this game. The good news is that in comparison to last week only aforementioned Lacazette will miss.
Kudos to Lille’s coach Girard (or to the opposition scout…) for clearly understanding Evian’s tactics last round and taking the proper measures.
However Lille are punching above their weight at the moment. The midfield, what should be the link between departments is the weakest part of the team.
Mavuba almost lost his place in the team but replacement Meite doesn’t have satisfying performances either.
If that is not enough, midfielder Martin, who should be the brain of the team is always absent. Don’t get this wrong, he is physically on the field but rarely touches the ball, making Lille look like they play in 10.
A couple of season ago Balmont was rightfully compared with Gattuso because of his determination and dedication, but nowadays he is more of a kitten than a lion.
I have no doubt that Lyon will hold supremacy in the midfield and will dictate the rhythm of the game. Lille will have nothing else to do except adapting.
Lyon DNB at odds of 1.94 looks good, but the stakes should be low as Lille’s attackers are in good form and with the help of a long ball they can always bypass Lyon’s defense.