Lyon and Bordeaux Meet in Classic Ligue 1 MatchPublished August 19, 2017 by Florin P
Lyon needs victory over Bordeaux to consolidate lead at the top of Ligue 1 (4:00 p.m UK Time).
Lyon is the surprising leader of Ligue 1 but only three rounds have passed and many can happen in the remaining matches. In order to consolidate their position at the top of the tables, they need to secure another victory against Bordeaux, this time in front of its fans. The visitors have started the season much slower but they are still in the race for a place eligible for Europa League.
A Chance to Shine for Diaz and Fekir
Lyon has changed the way a couple of key players, including strikers, but that didn’t affect the offensive performance. In fact the team is firing on all cylinders and has Diaz and Fekir have scored plenty of goals in both official and friendly games. If they can maintain this tempo and exercise constant pressure against Bordeaux, they won’t have a problem in extending the winning streak.
Lyon has struggled early in the game against both Strasbourg and Rennes, but dominated the second half. Now the team needs to improve performance during the first 45 minutes because Bordeaux is a tough nut to crack. Offensively, they are far less effective when playing on the road, so it’s unlikely for them to be able to keep Lyon under pressure.
Favorable Head to Head Record for Lyon
The two teams have met on multiple occasions in the French first division and home pitch advantage proved to be important every single time. Lyon has won the vast majority of matches played in front of its fans and won’t settle for a draw here either. Manager Genesio wants his players to do a better job at closing the defensive gaps after conceding goals in three of the last four matches.
Bordeaux has lower expectations from matches played on the road and has a tendency to settle for draws whenever possible. Lyon is clearly the better team and with a squad at full strength, it is unlikely to drop points on Saturday. bet365 Sports offers odds of 7/10 on the host to win the third match in a row which is too good value to miss.