Just 2 transfers for Lyon in this summer but it was enough for them to strengthen and be one of the most powerful sides in Ligue1. Forward Beauvue joined ranks along with defender Morel. Last season was one of the best in Beauvue’s career (played for Guingamp) as he managed to achieve full potential and impress everybody with his qualities.
Beauvue should be go straight into the lineup and together with Fekir and Lacazette should form one of the most prolific attacks in the league.
Lyon lost midfielder Gourcuff whose contract finished but nobody will miss him since he used to get injured once per week. So besides forward Beauvue Lyon should be in the exact same formula as last season.
Even if Lyon improved by bringing in Beauvue they are still no match for Champions PSG as we could see in the French Supercup (PSG won 2-0). The game was totally one sided with only one or two real chances for Lyon.
Bad news for Lyon as important midfielder Gonalons will be suspended for this game. Forward N’Jie suffered an injury in training and is doubtful for this game. But on the other hand forward Fekir should return after being suspended in the Supercup.
This summer Lorient lost their most important player, forward Ayew. They still have a big squad but the problem is most players have mediocre skills.
This season Lorient should concentrate mostly on pushing down the flanks, especially since on the left side they have Guerreiro (highly skilled) and on the right side they have transferred-in winger Moukandjo who was one of the most important players for Reims last season.
In the first rounds it will be difficult for Lorient not to miss forward Ayew, especially until Moukandjo will adapt and their play on the wings will start to produce the desired effects.
With an important offensive addition and up against an opponents who lost the best player Lyon should start the season with the right foot. Lyon -1 at 2.01
UPDATE: Lyon will miss defenders Grenier and Fofana and fullback Jallet (all injured). Guests will miss midfielders Abdullah, Ndong (both of them suspended) while Jouffre and Mulumba are injured
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Umtiti, Bisevac, J.Morel, Rafael, B.Koné – Tolisso, Ferri, Mvuemba, Ghezzal, Malbranque – Benzia, Fekir, Beauvue, Lacazette, Kalulu
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Paye, Lautoa, Bellugou, Le Goff, Guerreiro – Philippoteaux, Barthelmé, Mostefa, Mesloub, Bouanga, Gakpa, Al.Traoré, M.Fofana – Jeannot, Moukandjo, Waris