Huge disappointment for Lyon’s fans last round after their beloved team lost away at St Etienne 3-0. Lyon imposed the rythm and controlled most of the game but unfortunately they couldn’t find the net and got surprised on counters.
Fullbacks Jallet and Bedimo were very advanced and often took part in the offensive phase. Jallet often forgot about his defensive tasks and facilitated opponents’ job. Central defenders alone were not enough to stop incoming counters and so Lyon ended up conceding three goals.
The defensive strength will be diminished this round as important central defender Bisevac will be out due to suspension.
Even if they haven’t scored Lyon looked good upfront as they created many dangerous opportunities and only bad luck and keeper’s Ruffier amazing interventions prevented them from finding the net.
Once again winger Moukandjo was Reims’ savior last round as he scored the winning goal in minute 85. He is simply in amazing form and this seems to be one of the best seasons so far in his career. He is now Reims’ top-scorer with 5 goals, but in spite of that he starts only on the bench.
Moukandjo seems to be the ace in the hole for coach Vasseur as each time he enters the pitch he scores a decisive goal. Now his direct opponent will be Jallet who often leaves his position and is exhausted near the end of the game.
Because of Jallet’s offensive appetite Reims can score at least once. On the other hand Lyon will be hungry for revenge after what they consider an unjust result (losing 3-0 to St Etienne). This game has huge potential for going over and at 2.01 it will simply be a shame not to go for over 2.5 goals.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, B.Koné, Rose, Bedimo, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Malbranque – Fekir, Lacazette, M.Yattara, Njie, Benzia
Reims: Agassa, Placide – Conte, Mandi, Mavinga, Roberge, Signorino, Tacalfred – Bourillon, Devaux, Fortes, C.Glombard, Oniangué, Diego – Charbonnier, Courtet, Moukandjo, Ngog