Champions League contenders Lyon take on relegation threatened Angers in Sunday afternoon’s Ligue 1 clash.
Bruno Genesio’s squad have won their last four matches and, impressively, three of those have been away from home. Pleasingly for Genesio, the summer departure of Alexandre Lacazette has not triggered a slump in fortunes.
Where and when: Groupama Stadium – 14 January, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Lyon vs. Angers: Unibet live streaming
Last time: Lacazette and Nabil Fekir netted a goal apiece in a 2-0 win for the hosts.
Lyon v Angers Predictions and Preview
7-time league winners Lyon are gearing up for a positive second half to the campaign. Only PSG have scored more and lost fewer games and this is a measure of how well Les Gones have fared this term. President Jean-Michel Aulas has built a young and exciting side with the Lacazette proceeds and in Mariano Diaz, have a towering forward enjoying regular football. The former Real Madrid Champions League winner has 13 strikes and 3 assists to his name and is 6/1 to score in the first-half.
Diaz has been ably assisted by Fekir, as well as Memphis Depay and fellow summer recruit Bertrand Traore and the trio have 31 goals between them in all competitions and Lyon are a devastating prospect when everyone is on song. Depay is 12/1 to get on the scoresheet during the 90 and is an attractive option, particularly if the Dutchman is on free-kick duties. Lyon are 2/1 to come away with the three points, continuing their battle with Monaco to finish second in the table.
Visitors Angers are languishing in 19th spot and have collected four points from the last three rounds of action. Stephane Moulin’s troops played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the reverse contest and will be relying on Karl Toko Ekambi to make an impact. The burly hitman has accounted for nearly half of his side’s goals and will be vital to the outcome of the clash. Angers are 19/1 to pick up a much needed win.
One to watch for Lyon: Fekir has assumed the role as talisman following Lacazette’s move to Arsenal. The playmaker is 4/1 to open proceedings and add to his 13 goals this campaign.
One to watch for Angers: Ekambi is averaging a goal every other game and if the 2017 Coupe de France finalists register, the striker is an attractive 12/1 to score any time.
Long shot: The sides have only faced off twice in this fixture and it was Angers who claimed the first win. If Moulin’s men are to stay in France’s top flight for another season they will need to take points off sides in and around them but are capable of an upset. A 3-2 win is 40/1.