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Olympique Lyonnais vs Lille: Both teams failed the expectations so far

Olympique Lyonnais vs Lille: Both teams failed the expectations so far

Olympique Lyonnais vs Lille: Match preview

It must be admitted that we have been expecting a lot more from Lyon this season. The situation is such that this team is currently in seventh place in the French league. It is not so bad considering that they are only two points behind third-ranked Angers, and it is known that it is the third place brings the Champions League at the end of the season. That is certainly the main goal of Lyon for many years, since they have not managed to get seriously involved in the title fight against the undisputed PSG.

Lille’s fans had a fantastic season last year, which is why they made it to the Champions League standings, as they finished second at the end of the championship, just behind the undefeated PSG. What also pleased all the Lille fans was that their players made one of the worst defeats in the last five years to the PSG team, when they beat them 5-1.

It is certain that the result from that match is perhaps the best reflection of how well they played in the last championship. When it comes to this season, the situation is a bit different as Lille is ranked eighth on the table after fifteen rounds. It is interesting that he has the same number of points as the seventh-ranked Lyon that they meet in this match.

Lyon team news:

It must be admitted that Lyon has been playing really great lately. The best indicator of this is certainly the fact that in the last five meetings they have achieved as many as four victories with only one defeat. The only defeat was against Marseille, which is currently at a high second place in the table.

In the last round, Rudy Garcia’s team showed character as they were able to reverse their away game at Strasbourg and win the match 1: 2. This was the second consecutive win for Lyon after winning their home game against Nice.

Probable lineup: Lopes; Tete, Marcelo, Denayer, Kone; Reine-Adelaide, Tousart, Thiago Mendes; Terrier, Dembele, Traore.

Lille team news:

In the last five matches, Lille has provided variable games, and in that period they have scored two wins and losses, as well as one draw. In the last round, Lille played a very good match on their own pitch in which they defeated Dijon with a minimal score. Still, they could easily score a few more goals in that match.

When it comes to the Champions League, unfortunately, Lille disappointed as after five games played, they were last in the standings and have only scored one point so far. The point was reached after they draw at home against Valencia when it was 1-1.

Lille lost all remaining matches including a match against Ajax at home 0-2 in the last round. In the final round of the group stage of the highest quality European club competition, Lille will be playing at London. This will be an opportunity for the coach to include some players who had less minutes this season.

Probable lineup: Maignan; Celik, Gabriel, Jose Fonte, Bradaric; Andre, Soumare; Yazici, Luiz Araujo, Ikone; Osimhen.

Match prediction:

There is no doubt that we will have a very interesting duel as two extremely high quality teams meet. Lyon has been playing fantastic lately, while Lille has been playing changeable all season. Surely this has coincided with the fact that this team has played on two fronts after quite some time. As for this match, however, we give preference to a home team that is in great shape.

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