Lyon 1.52 Draw 4.00 Reims 6.50
After 10 league games in a row without a defeat, Lyon exploded last Sunday away at St Etienne in the Derby du Rhone, one of the biggest games in French football.
They were dominated from start to finish and lost for the first time at their arch rivals for 20 years! It was a tough game and a humiliating defeat but they will have to bounce back from it pretty quickly.
The OL squad is young and mentally, they never coped with the pressure of the Derby and could not respond to the intensity and physicality put in the game by St Etienne.
However, they need to respond on Thursday evening now in. We will see what mental ressources they have and their capacity of reacting after a bad day.
Lyon are still 3rd in the table but level on points now with Bordeaux and only 3 points above Nantes in 7th place!
They can’t afford another winless game on Thursday. They are back at their Stade Gerland for this match where they have the best home record in the league with 7 wins and a draw this season.
It will be a special encounter for Hubert Fournier, the Lyon manager, who will face his former team Reims.
For the visitors, their great season continues. After a shaky start of the season under new manager Jean-Luc Vasseur, the Rémois have put on a great run of results recently with a streak of seven unbeaten games in a row (4 wins and 3 draws), beating Lille and Bordeaux for example and drawn with Monaco and Nantes.
They have been solid defensively with only three goals conceded in those seven matches and efficient up front too.
They have been very good physically and have scored three goals in the last 5 minutes of games to get points. However, this is their biggest opponent since being hammered by Marseille at the end of September (5-0).
And they find it very difficult away from home with just one win in their seven away trips this season. But I still think they can cause an upset and get a point from Gerland.
Best bet: A draw at half time and a draw at full time at 5.50
Score prediction: Lyon 1-1 Reims at 8.00