Lyon vs Reims by Jamesington

Lyon
VS
Reims
It has to be acknowledged that Reims have been on a good run of form lately, but upon closer examination they haven't really played any sides that are particularly strong in this season's Ligue 1. Their run of 7 unbeaten matches contains only 1 fixture against a side in the top 6 and when we turn the magnifying glass to their away form the picture becomes very different.

 

Away from home there are only 3 clubs in the division who have gained fewer points than Reims, in fact - before this run of 3 draws Reims had lost 9 of their last 10 away matches in Ligue 1. With a number of injuries and a relatively small squad, Reims are likely to find themselves stretched against Lyon and I can't see anything but a home win in this game.

 

Off the back of a big derby defeat against St. Etienne, Lyon will be looking to bounce back against their coach's former club - a big game for all concerned then. If Lyon are to maintain their sterling record at home (they have the best home record in Ligue 1) then they will need to get past a Reims side which has not conceded many goals of late, but when faced with top opposition has been found lacking (their last meeting with a top 3 club? A 0-5 thumping from Marseille). Lyon have won 7 of their 8 home matches and have scored 20 goals in the process, that is some serious form and the Champions League regulars are likely to find themselves extending the streak.

 

The last time the club's met, Lyon won 2-0 and on the previous occasion they were leading 3-1 before an 87th minute penalty made it 3-2. Lyon have won 4 of their last 5 home matches by more than one goal and 4 of their last 7 matches anywhere by more than one goal - having already defeated Marseille and PSG at Stade de Gerland there is no reason to expect anything but a resounding victory against Reims.

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Lyon -1 EH Unibet 2.50 8 2-1 LOST (-8 units)
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