It was surprising to see Lyon failing to score against Marseille last round (finished 0-0) not necessarily because they created an abundance of opportunities but because Marseille have been conceding goals from all possible positions lately.
Maybe Lyon respected the opponent a bit too much and this is why they failed to find the net.
At the moment Lyon are still topping the table with 2 points advantage over PSG but they need to put the pedal to the floor in this period and take advantage of PSG’s moment of relaxation.
Bad news for Lyon as they will miss striker Lacazette and defenders Umtiti and Bedimo through suspension. These absences will no doubt have an impact on the overall strength but Lyon have decent replacements available in Kone, Dabo and N’Jie.
Creative midfielder Gourcuff should return after missing last round through injury.
Nice recorded a fourth consecutive defeat but once again the good news is they managed to find the net… (lost 2-1 to Guingamp). Don’t laugh, it was a real achievement for Nice to score considering they are relying solely on set-pieces and long balls.
Midfielders simply beg for free-kicks and get on the ground in theatrical moves like they are in a Hollywood movie.
Central defender Bodmer returned last round after a long injury but there was absolutely no improvement of the defensive phase as they are still hesitant and confused.
Nice will welcome back winger Eysseric but will once again miss defenders Puel and Diawara who are yet to fulfill their suspensions.
It will difficult for Lyon without Lacazette but when it comes to form and capabilities these teams are at opposite ends. Hosts should prevail at a safe score and maintain the first position in the league. Lyon -1 at 1.99
UPDATE: Besides Gourcuff Lyon will also welcome back Zeffane and Mvuemba.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Zeffane, Rose, M.Dabo, B.Koné – Tolisso, Gonalons, Ferri, Malbranque, Ghezzal, Mvuemba, Gourcuff – Fekir, Cornet, Njie, M.Yattara
Nice: Delle, Pouplin – Amavi, Bodmer, Correia, Genevois, Gomis, Palun – Albert, Carlos Eduardo, Digard, Eysseric, Hult, Koziello, Mendy – Bauthéac, Constant, Maupay, Plea.