Caen - Lyon - Saturday 16.00 GMT
Lyon could be under big pressure come Saturday when the game kicks off in Caen. Depending on PSG’s result against Guingamp on Friday, l’OL could be six points behind the leaders with only three games to go. In the title race the pressure is always massive anyway.
So far, the young Lyonnais have dealt with it very well. No one expected them to do so well and the prime objective was always to finish at least second to qualify directly for the Champions League next season. They are almost certain of it now so they can focus on trying to snatch the title off PSG’s hands.
It would be an incredible story if l’OL could be crowned this season. They still have a chance and their goal difference at the time of writing is slightly better than PSG as well (+39 against +37) but they have to make sure they win their last three league games. Unlike PSG, they have two matches away from home and only one at the Stade Gerland. Their trip this weekend at Caen is the most challenging of the two as, unlike Rennes on the last day of the season, Caen are still fighting against relegation. So it is a big game for Lyon.
Their record away from home this season is not great with only seven wins out of seventeen games so far. But they cannot afford to drop any points if they want to keep their hopes alive for the title. The big blow for this game though is that Clinton Njie, the fast winger, is out injured. He is part of the incredible NFL (Njie - Fekir - Lacazette) trio which has scored or assisted 66 league goals already for Lyon this season. His absence means that Fekir will play higher up on the pitch alongside Lacazette (27 league goals this season already) up front with Grenier in the number 10 role behind them in the usual Lyon diamond midfield. Fekir was criticised in the last game for being too individualist on the ball. He needs to get back to his best and think more about the team. His link up with Lacazette has been brilliant all season and for Lyon to finish the season strongly, they need to keep playing for each other. And they will be the biggest threat for the Caen defence.
The home side is only two points clear of the relegation zone. They urgently need points to assure their safety. But their home form has been poor this season with only five wins in seventeen games. Only Lens have taken less points than Caen at home this season. They almost have a full squad for this game. In order to survive in Ligue 1 this season, Patrice Garande’s men need a win and will have to put on a perfect performance to beat Lyon. However, I think l’OL will be too strong for the home side.
The odds are massively in favour of Lyon with an away win at 1.67. The draw is at 3.90 and an Caen home win is at 4.80.
Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 3.75 and my best tip is Lyon to win without conceding a goal at 3.05.
Score prediction: Caen 0 Lyon 2 at 9.50