Lyon 4.50, the draw 3.55, Paris Saint-Germain 1.80
Like last season, PSG’s Champions League campaign stopped at the stage of the quarter-finals. It was a bad night at Chelsea on Tuesday as the team never got going, didn’t play its usual game and was knocked out. The disappointment was massive for the Parisians.
They need to focus again on the remaining objectives this season: winning the league which could be done this weekend if they beat Lyon and Monaco lose at Rennes, and winning the League Cup next weekend against Lyon at the Stade de France.
PSG will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this game on Sunday. We saw on Tuesday how much of a miss he is and that without him, PSG are not the same at all, even with Edinson Cavani replacing him.
The Stade Gerland in Lyon is a hostile place for Paris, with only one win for the champions there in their last eight visits. The advantage though is that the hosts played on Thursday in the Europa League at Juventus and will have two days less to recover.
It is very important for PSG to bounce back (and in style) after the disappointment of the Champions League. It was their first defeat after 11 wins in a row in all competitions. They have been cruising in the league all season almost but this is a big test. Lyon will give them a good game. Laurent Blanc is unlikely to make changes compared to the team that lost at Chelsea but the manager is under pressure and scrutiny. He made mistakes tactically at Stamford Bridge.
On the other hand, Lyon are now out of the race for third place (nine points behind Lille) but want to catch arch rivals St Etienne in fourth. They are only four points behind.
Remi Garde’s players keep surprising everybody. Despite a lot of players missing (Clement Grenier, Yoann Gourcuff, Guieda Fofana, Anthony Lopes) they are still putting on some good performances both in Europe and in Ligue 1. However, they are starting to get tired and they lost two of their last four Ligue 1 games (against Monaco and at St Etienne).
Despite wins at Guingamp and Valenciennes, they always find it difficult against top teams, mostly because of their attacking philosophy. It will be the case again tomorrow. They will give it a great go but I don’t think it will be enough as I can see PSG winning it with a lot of goals.
Cavani is favourite to score first at 3.80. My best tip though is more than 3.5 goals to be scored in the game at 3.35.
Score prediction: Lyon 2 PSG 3 28.00