Lyon host Caen on Saturday in a huge game during the penultimate round of Ligue 1 fixtures. A win for the hosts would guarantee their place in the Champions League qualifiers, whereas a win for Caen would give them the chance of moving out of the dreaded bottom three.
Caen are enjoying an excellent run of form as they have won three of their last four, and they have given themselves a surprising shot at survival and they’re in the process of heaping the pressure on Monaco who are only outside of the relegation places on goal difference.
It was a huge 3-2 home win against Reims last time out for Caen as they mounted the pressure on Monaco who fell to defeat away from home and continued their slump. Goals from Casimir Ninga, Faycal Fajr and Frederic Guilbert gave Caen a 3-1 half-time lead before it became 3-2 in the 82nd minute but they managed to see the job through and secure a humongous three points.
Lyon have also won three of their last four and they can put the finishing touches on a strong campaign with a win over Caen at the weekend. Securing a place in the Champions League qualifiers must be deemed a success, however, their must be concern over their defensive record this season. They have only kept two clean sheets in their last ten league games, which will give Caen hope as they need to find a way through on Saturday evening, and possibly even more than once to get anything.
Bruno Genesio’s Lyon travelled to Marseille for their last game which happened to be a convincing 3-0 win for them thanks for goals from Maxwel Cornet (Who bagged a brace), and Moussa Dembele. It was an impressive victory for Lyon and it was also a rare clean sheet for them, their first in seven games.
Rafael made his return during Lyon’s 3-0 win over Marseille last time out as he made an appearance from the bench, however, he’s also expected to be named as a substitute this weekend. Jason Denayer and Kenny Tete missed the Marseille game through injury and they’re expected to remain doubtful ahead of Saturday.
Caen front man Malik Tchokounte will have to sit out through suspension and it is expected that Enzo Crivelli will come into the team to replace him. Adama Mbengue and Romain Genevois will be absent for the visitors through injury.
I have my eye on both teams to score during this fixture at 1.90, as well as both to score whilst Lyon take the three points at 2.40. Both teams to score is a selection that has won during 11 of Lyon’s last 13 games, a big success rate. Caen have no choice but to throw everything they have at this game to try and earn something and put pressure on a struggling Monaco side who sit above them. Whilst Lyon will probably have too much for Caen on the day, their recent defensive vulnerabilities give me confidence that the visitors will at least find their way onto the scoresheet.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90
Lyon to Win and Both Teams to Score @ 2.40