Lyon go in search of their first Ligue 1 win of the 2020-21 campaign when they travel to Bordeaux. Les Gones will target a top three berth and a return to the Champions League after a poor showing domestically last year. Elsewhere, the hosts have four points from their opening two matches.
Where and when: Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux – 11 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Bordeaux vs. Lyon: BT Sport 2
Last time: Former Lyon ace Jimmy Briand exchanged efforts with Maxwel Cornet before Moussa Dembele got the winner for Les Gones.
Bordeaux v Lyon Predictions and Preview
Les Girondins have started the new campaign brightly and have a nice blend of youth and experience in the ranks. Benoit Costil has featured in France’s top flight for approaching a decade, while captain Laurent Koscielny was successful with Premier League giants Arsenal for a number of seasons.
Josh Maja will lead the line and should have no trouble eclipsing his six-goal haul from the previous term. The Lewisham born attacker moved to Bordeaux in January 2019 from Sunderland for a nominal fee and has repeatedly been linked with a return back to England with West Ham United particularly keen on the 21-year-old’s services.
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Visiting squad Lyon will be without Fernando Marcal after the defender sealed a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Brazilian could be followed out the exit door by Memphis Depay in what would be a real loss to Les Gones. The skipper has revived his career after a disastrous spell with Manchester United and is reportedly closing in on a transfer to Barcelona.
Friday’s contest could be Depay’s last in a Lyon shirt and the forward is 9/5 to register anytime. Dembele is expected to be the main beneficiary of the Dutchman’s departure.
The former Celtic fan favourite also has his admirers but has been priced out of a transfer due to Jean-Michel Aulas’ exceedingly high valuation of the player and Dembele will be remaining at the club for the foreseeable.
The Paris native is 7/2 to open proceedings and is nearing a half-century of strikes for Les Gones. Lyon are 10/11 to emerge triumphant and will hope their Champions League heroics can act as a catalyst for a better league finish.
One to watch for Bordeaux: Briand won the Coupe de France with Les Gones in 2012 and will make an appearance after the break. The veteran may be 35 but averaged one in three last year and is 10/1 to strike last.
One to watch for Lyon: Rayan Cherki is the latest talent off the OL conveyor belt and could be the best yet. The wonderkid is on the radar of Manchester United and Real Madrid and is 18/1 to notch the final effort.
Long shot: Much is expected of Lyon after their European adventure. Les Gones outclassed tournament favourites Manchester City and also got the better of Juventus. While Bordeaux will not present the travelling party with the same opportunities served up by Dijon on Matchday 2, Rudi Garcia’s troops should have enough to earn the spoils. A 3-1 outcome is 19/1.