Julien Laurens' Ligue 1 Betting: Troyes To Make Life Difficult For Lyon

Troyes – Lyon – Saturday – 19:00 GMT

With their backs against the wall, Lyon reacted very well last Friday with a solid 3-0 win at home against Toulouse. They travel to bottom of the table Troyes on Saturday and will try to win a second league game in a row for the first time this season. Against Toulouse, they conceded chances but managed to keep a rare clean sheet these and scored three goals for only the second time this season.

Perhaps more importantly, Sergi Darder and Mathieu Valbuena, who joined the club in the summer, scored their first goals for their new club in this game. That will help ease the tensions in the dressing room between the new players and the ones who were there in previous seasons. They have a much more important game in the Champions League on Wednesday though and manager Hubert Fournier is likely to rotate massively for this league game at Troyes, ensuring his star players are fresh and ready to face Zenit at the stade Gerland in the Champions League. That will be a decisive game in their hopes of qualifying for the last-16 of the competition. So the priority is not Troyes on Saturday.

Lyon have lost only one of their last five league games in Troyes. They will travel there with confidence and most probably fresher, as they didn’t play in the League cup in midweek, unlike Troyes, who were beaten at Lille.

For Troyes, this is a massive game. They are bottom of the table, have not won a game all season and have lost their last four Ligue 1 matches. They need to get at least a point from this game. They are under massive pressure and the players have lost a lot of confidence recently. But they will never stop fighting and I think they will cause problems to this Lyon team. And I think Troyes will take a point on Saturday.

The odds are massively in favour of Lyon with an away win at 1.72. A draw is at 3.50 and a Troyes home win is at 5.40.

Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 4.60. My best tip is a draw and both teams to cover at 4.90.

Score prediction: Troyes 1 Lyon 1 at 8.00