Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Lyon - Angers

PICK: Lyon AH -1,25 @2,03 SBO 5/10

Match between 4th and 15th placed team in French Ligue 1, will be played on Wednesday at 20:50 on Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.


It's not a secret that Lyon is one of my favourite teams, but they simply convinced me this season. They were pretty close to reach 1/16 finals of Champions league (IMO they deserved that more then Sevilla), and now I think that it's time that they show they're power and strength also in Ligue 1 and finish it with 4 wins in row after undeserved defeat against PSG. It's true that they were lucky to beat Rennes at home, but in last round they showed that they can fight for the top places in league. They are 5 points behind 3rd PSG, and they simply need to take all three points in this match. Gonalons is slightly injured, but Bruno Ganesio has many possibilities for his spot.

Angers is one of the teams which didn't impress me in this half of season. They took some lucky points, had 3 wins in row from 4th to 6th round, but in my opinion they are far from being able to compete against Lyon at this time. Unfortunately for them, Ketkeophomphone, in my opinion best individual of this team got injured after participating only on 5 matches (twice selected as MOM), and now left full back Andreu is facing the same problems (rupture cruciate ligament) and he is out till end of the season as well. Ekambi and Michel remains doubtful because of knocks, and I think that it will be tough, really tough 90 minutes for Angers on Parc OL.

Lyon is one of the teams who wants the ball in they're possession, but also trying with quick counter-attacks when it's possible and right those counter attacks could be the biggest problem for Angers. They are team who is trying somehow, but always having a problem because there is no ideas in last third of the pitch. Consequence of that are long shots, from which they scored some crazy goals, but I call it luck. Another weak point of Angers is letting crucial spots open for 1on1 situation and that's another element of the game, where Lyon with Valbuena, Fekir, Lacazette, Ghezal, and others has powers. Lyon can easily adapt and focus on attacks over flanks, throw the middle, etc. and I believe that they will be well prepared on Angers, and even if things won't go as they are planing, they can change them during the match and do the job. In my opinion Angers has too many weak spots and Lyon will take advantage of that.

FT: 2-0

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