Following the last week’s Coupe de France exit at the hands of their opponents, Lyon will look to get their revenge when they host 12th placed Caen at Stade des Lamieres this Sunday. The kick-off time is 4:00 pm GMT.
Lyon are having a fantastic season so far as they are placed in the fourth position in the league table, with 51 points from 28 games. With Champions League qualification spot hanging around, Lyon would like to continue their good rhythm in the final league phase.
However, Lyon have snatched just 3 points from the last 5 league games(3 draws and 2 losses). This recent poor form has cost them 5 points slip behind the 4th placed Marseille.
It is unlikely for them to slip out from the top 4 spot since they are 10 points clear of their next challengers. But, they would definitely like to finish in the 3rd place for securing a chance to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.
Lyon had a successful mid-week Europa League outing, registering an impressive 1-0 away win over their Russian opponents CSKA Moscow. They would definitely like to carry their oozing confidence ahead of the Sunday’s clash.
With impressive home-win record and front-men Diaz and Depay alongside midfielder Fekir going in the sublime form, Lyon are definite favorites to win against their counterparts. However, following their 3 successive draws in the league, including last week’s 1-1 draw against Montpellier, Bruno Genesio’s men should avoid further disappointment.
On the other hand, Caen are looking safe in the 12th position with 10 wins from 28 games, salvaging 35 points so far. A recent win against Strasbourg last week boosts their confidence ahead of the important away clash.
The major area of concern for Patrice Garande’s men is their woeful away record. They have just managed to win 3 out of 13 away games so far. Injury to their prime defender Damien Da Silva has utterly affected the defensive system.
Caen have looked vulnerable time and again conceding poor goals with an unmanaged display. To turn the tide in their favor, they have to be rock-solid against Lyon’s counter-attack.
Key Players To Watch
A recent outing in the Europa League will see many key players rested for this fixture. In this situation, Bertrand Traore will hold a key for Lyon to carry the young guns in the comfortable home victory. The talented midfielder has had an impressive season with 6 goals and one assist so far.
Playing as a right-winger, he has shown determination and agility in front of the ball. He will certainly pose a threat against Caen’s weak defense-line.
The young French striker Enzo Crivelli certainly will hold a key responsibility to balance Caen’s attack in the absence of top scorer, Ivan Santini. Crivelli will move into this match with a morale-boosting goal in his last game, against Strasbourg.
Head To Head
Lyon are slight favorites when it comes to a head to head clash against their opponents. In the last 10 matches played between them, Lyon have won 6 games against Caen’s 4 wins.
The reverse fixture between these clubs ended in a 2-1 victory for Lyon away from home. However, Caen come into the match with last week’s 1-0 Cup win over their rivals.
The top-scorer, Nabil Fekir, who missed a couple of games due to injury, is likely to miss the game for the home team as he is still recovering. Maxwell Cornet looks sure to get his place in the starting lineup supporting Bertrand Traore.
Caen were quite impressive in their last league fixture, and Patrice Garande is unlikely to make any alterations in the team.
The Croatian striker, Ivan Santini, who remained in the bench last weekend, is sidelined for this game due to suspension. Midfielder Bennasser is back from the injury and is most likely to start.
Lyon vs Caen Lineup (Predicted XI)
Lyon Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Rafael (RB), Marcelo (RCB), Diakhaby (LCB), Marcal (LB)
Midfielders: Ferri (RM), Tousart (CM), NDombele (LM)
Forwards: Cornet (RWF), Traore (CF), Aoura (LWF)
Caen Lineup (3-5-2)
Defenders: Genevois (RB), Diomande (CB), Djiku (LB)
Midfielders: Guilbert (RM), Bennasser (RCM), Sankoh (CM), Peeters (LCM), Avounou (LM)
Forwards: Crivelli (RS), Rodelin (LS)
Lyon vs Caen Prediction
Lyon will look to solidify their attack and take advantage of the home conditions. This match will be a vital test for their top finishing temperament.
In the other hand, Caen have to perform at their very best in order to stop the home side.
Our Prediction: Lyon 2-0 Caen