Lyon and Anderlecht Resume Race for the Domestic TrophyPublished August 28, 2020 by Florin P
Lyon and Anderlecht kick-start a new season hoping to end the title-draught and return to the top of the tables after a lengthy break.
The excitement of grand European championships continued this week, with the qualifiers for new a Europa League and Champions League season. The weekend also has plenty to offer, as domestic competitions are in full swing and two tournaments stand out from the crowd. Belgian and French teams are once again fighting for supremacy, with two matches scheduled on Friday and many more over the weekend. Lyon and Anderlecht play first and are expected to kick start the weekend with victories.
Lyon Plays the First Game in the New Ligue 1 Season
Lyon is one of the few French teams that didn’t play last weekend, but they have the perfect opportunity to start the season with a win. That’s because they play at home against Dijon in front of a limited number of spectators. It is still better than playing on an empty stadium and the support of the few fans should lead to a comfortable victory against mediocre opponents.
Injuries and fatigue won’t pose any problem for the home team who can field the best starting 11 in the match starting at 8 PM UK time. 888 Sport prices Lyon at 7/20 in spite of the lack of success in home games against Dijon. The visitors will set their expectations lower and try to defend the scoreless draw, but a stunning victory on the road would produce odds of 8/1.
Anderlecht seeks First Victory in Belgium
Anderlecht and Oostende will try to forget the first match of the season after disappointing performances. Both teams had to settle for one point in matches where they played with a man up for more than an hour against weaker opponents. Anderlecht were only able to score from the penalty spot and conceded a last-minute goal from a depleted Mouscron. Oostende also faced the team playing with just 10 players after an opponent picked up a red card in the first half and missed their chance from scoring a penalty.
Oostende have home pitch advantage but there will be no supporters in the stands, hence the odds of 3/1 offered by bet365 Sports. Anderlecht were disappointing in the first leg and will need to greatly improve their performance to walk away with victory in the match starting at 7:45 PM UK time. Punters who bet on the former champions to emerge victorious will be paid at 3/4 by the same bookmaker, while the odds for a draw are 3/1. Just one of the last 10 head to head matches resulted in the teams splitting points.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Tuesday, August 25 at 12 pm UK time.