Lyon v Lille – Ligue 1 Betting Preview and Prediction
The title race in Ligue 1 is closer expected, yet the league standings still look as many would think it would, with PSG sitting at the top with a five-point lead, and if there won’t be any huge surprises, PSG should remain there for the rest of the season and claim yet another title. That said, the remaining four spots leading to European leagues are still wide open and from the looks of it, there are plenty of teams that have a solid shot at finishing among the top five at the season’s end. Today, we will take a look at an exciting clash between two teams that fall into that category – Lyon and Lille, who are set to meet this Tuesday, at Parc Olympique Lyonnais for the first time this season.
Lyon looking to keep their streak alive
Lyon are entering the Tuesday’s bout with Lille sitting at seventh place with a 6-4-5 record on the year and 4-0-1 in their last five. In regards to their last five fixtures, Lyon defeated Metz (2:0), Toulouse (3:2), lost to Marseille (1:2), and won their next two against Nice (2:1) and Strasbourg (2:1).
In their weekend meeting with Strasbourg, the two sides played equally well for the first 45 minutes, yet it was the hosts who scored the game opener in 22nd minute, which caused some concern whether Lyon will be able to bounce back and tie the match against the hosts, who are known for their home-ground advantage. That said, it took Lyon only 18 minutes to respond with a goal of their own, which returned them back into the game. The mentioned goals were also the only goals of the first half, meaning Strasbourg and Lyon entered the second half 1-all. Unlike the first half, Lyon outperformed the hosts in the second as they managed to shoot the ball 2/5 whereas Strasbourg failed to produce a single shot on goal (0/5). Despite slightly underwhelming performance in the attack, Lyon mustered up their second goal in 75th minute to secure a one goal lead, which they managed to keep ahold of for the remainder of the fixture.
With the impressive comeback against Strasbourg Lyon managed to win their second consecutive game in the row and are now unbeaten four out of their last five. Lyon have obviously improved over the course of last month, claiming four wins out of five fixtures. Will they manage to keep the momentum going is anyone’s guess, but from the looks of it Lyon are in a great spot to break into the top part of the league.
Lille’s UEFA Champions League woes
Lille are travelling to Lyon after a streak of underwhelming results in the league, as well as in their UCL campaign. In terms of their chances, to make it into the UCL playoffs or even into the Europa League, they are basically non-existent. Ahead of the sixth and final round of UCL, Lille are sitting at the bottom of Group H, with only one point next to their name, which sits them seven points behind both Chelsea and Valencia, as well as nine points behind Ajax. That being said, their Ligue 1 results are not promising either. In their last five league games, Lille produced a 2-1-2 record by defeating Bordeaux (3:0), losing to Marseille (1:2), drawing with Metz (0:0), losing to PSG (0:2) and defeating Dijon (1:0) last week.
In regards to their meeting with Dijon, there was not much to be said. Lille were the dominant side with 51% ball possession and five shots on goal out of 19 attempts. While we expected them to use their chances better, it’s hard to be too critical, seeing how Dijon ended the match with 0/8 shooting accuracy. The only goal of the match came in 45’+6 when Osimhen converted a penalty.
Verdict & Prediction
Lille are the strongest home team in the league, with a 6-2-0 record next to their name, meaning they are the only team so far to not suffer a defeat on home soil. That being said, this fixture won’t be played at their home stadium, but rather at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. While we touched Lille’s home record we must also mention the Les Dogues league-worst away record. As it stands now, Lille are 0-2-5 in their seven away games, meaning they claimed only two points so far on their travels and it’s hard to imagine that will change here.
Lyon are 3-2-2 at home, with 2-1-0 in their last three, when they met with Dijon (0:0), Metz (2:0) and Nice (2:1). As we see it, the hosts are in a much better shape compared to Lille and their recent improvement only cements our belief they are the stronger side here. Seeing how they managed to come back from a goal down to beat the strong home team – Strasbourg in an away game, we can trust them to put up a show against Lille as well.
Prediction: Lyon to win
Odds: 2.04 Matchbook