Julien Laurens's Ligue 1 Betting: Lyon To Come Through Reims Test


Reims 4.85 Draw 3.65 Lyon 1.72

Lyon and St Etienne offered a wonderful Rhone Derby last Sunday (2-2) and the draw was enough for l’OL to get back to the top of the table.

However, they dropped two points at home and now PSG have it all in their own hands. But Lyon will continue to fight in this title race, starting with their trip to Reims on Sunday evening.

By then, they could be three points behind PSG if the Parisians beat Lille on Saturday afternoon. If they want to be champions at the end of May, they simply cannot afford any mistakes anyway and they would need to win all their remaining games to have a chance of being crowned champions.

The squad was disappointed after last Sunday as they felt they deserved better than a draw and they played some great football at times. But it was not meant to be and now they are level with PSG in terms of points but with one game played more. Paris have the edge but Lyon have nothing to lose or fear.

It is a miracle for them to still be competing with PSG for the title at the end of April. No one predicted it at the start of the season. They are also six points clear of third place which means they are in a very strong position to finish at least second and qualify directly for the Champions League.

They face a tricky trip to Reims on Sunday first. Against a team fighting against relegation, they will have to be at their best. Rose is suspended after his red card against against St Etienne last weekend and Gourcuff is still missing as well, through injury. But everybody else is fit and ready.

Clinton Njie was the latest forward to shine last weekend. The OL chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has dubbed him the new Eto’o. His relationship with Fekir and Lacazette is burgeoning and Lyon also welcomed back Grenier and Fofana to the squad after their long injuries.

I expect Lyon to be in full flow on Sunday evening against a Reims team that will try to stay well organised and defend well. The new manager, Olivier Guegan chose a 4-5-1 formation for their last game at Bastia last weekend and it paid off with a first league win (2-1) after five defeats in a row! Guegan is much more demanding than Vasseur who he replaced two weeks ago. He has brought more discipline to the team.

They will want to show this new side against Lyon as well on Sunday in front of their fans in a packed stadium.

This game could be a turning point for Reims who beat Lyon at home two seasons ago. However, I think it will be very difficult for them to win it and I can see Lyon taking the three points.

Best bet: Lyon to win without conceding a goal at 2.90

Score prediction: Reims 0-2 Lyon at 8.50