At a first sight it would seem that Lyon don’t have any kind of weaknesses after they destroyed Montpellier 5-1. But after an in-depth analysis we realize Lyon have plenty of problems, most of them in the defensive department.
Opponents can reach Lyon’s penalty box quite easily as defensive midfielder Gonalons often neglects his duties, just like fullbacks Bedimo and Jallet.
Central defenders Umtiti and Bisevac aren’t exactly full of confidence and one of the primary means of stopping opponents is by fouling them. It even happened last round against Montpellier when both Umtiti and Bisevac received yellow cards.
On the other hand offensive players are in excellent form. Lacazette delivers assists with his eyes closed, Fekir can’t stop scoring and even attacking midfielder Gourcuff picked up form after scoring twice last round.
Marseille are having an incredible series of eight consecutive victories and fully deserve to be Ligue1 leaders in this moment. Attacking players Gignac and Payet are in top form and they keep on scoring and delivering decisive assists.
Regardless their amazing run it’s not all milk and honey for Marseille. Besides central defender N’Kolou, who is one of the best Ligue1 defenders in this moment, the rest of defensive minded players aren’t that reliable. Mendy and Djadjedje are more like wingers than fullbacks and young defensive midfielder Imbula often adventures upfront (he even scored two goals so far this season). In these conditions keeper Mandanda is often tested by opponents, especially in away games when usually possession is evenly split.
This should be the most interesting encounter of the round, not necessarily because both sides have rich histories in french football, but because both teams have powerful and in-form attacks and average defenses. Over 2.75 goals at 2.13
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lyon: Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Koné, Bisevac, Bedimo, Zeffane – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Gourcuff, Malbranque – Fekir, Yattara, Lacazette, Njie
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Samba – B.Dja Djédjé, Doria, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou – Alessandrini, Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet