Lyon - Nantes - Saturday 20.00 GMT
Lyon had a lot of regrets last Sunday after being in control of their game at Rennes, leading by two goals to nil with 20 minutes to go but managing to throw the game away and only drawing 2-2!
L’OL will want to redeem themselves on Saturday evening against Nantes at home. They have been in great form since moving to their new stadium in January with five wins and a draw in six games. They missed out on the opportunity to come back four points behind Monaco had they won in Rennes but they can put them under more pressure by coming back to three points behind with a win on Saturday.
Monaco will play in Paris against PSG on Sunday evening, twenty-four hours after this game. It is a crucial game in the race for second and third place. Lyon cannot afford to drop more points after last weekend. It is a must win game for them. They will try to reproduce the incredible performance that saw them beat PSG two weeks ago (2-1).
Grenier is out suspended but Kalulu is back and probably Valbuena too. It is a big game too for Lacazette who missed big chances to win the game last weekend, despite scoring five in five now. But he is hot at home this year so Nantes should be aware of him big time. Lyon have a fantastic record at home in the league against Nantes with seven wins in a row and no defeat in their last ten encounters.
But Nantes are also in good form. They have lost just one of their last 16 Ligue 1 matches! They are sixth in the table and can still dream of a Top 4 finish, which would be amazing for them. Their manager Michel Der Zakarian is doing a great job and Emiliano Sala is playing very well up front with four goals in his last seven games, two in his last game. They wont fear Lyon on Saturday but I still expect the home side to come out on top in this match.
The odds are massively in favour of Lyon with a home win at 1.63. The draw is at 3.75 and a Nantes away win is at 5.85.
Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 4.10. My best tip is Lyon to score in both halves at 2.90.
Score prediction: Lyon 2 Nantes 0 at 7.50