Lyon and Nice Meet in the Derby of the South

Published October 14, 2016 by Florin P

Lyon and Nice Meet in the Derby of the South

Lyon welcomes back key players ahead of Nice fixture and goes for all three points on the road (7:45 p.m UK Time).

The French first division is a complicated championship for the first time in many years. PSG are no longer leading the tables and they trail the leaders by four points. The most surprising part is that Nice is the team with most points after eight rounds and they try to extend their dominance. Lyon is still playing catch-up, but a string of victories has allowed them to close the gap and now sit in the 5th place.

Nice Still Undefeated at Home

Home pitch advantage has always been important for Nice, but this season it made the difference. They won four out of five home games and that’s the main reason for why they are topping the standings after eight rounds. The team is fighting a war on two fronts, trying to advance to the next stage of Europa League and so far they do a terrible job.

Many of the best players have participated in the Europa League fixtures and some were actively involved in the World Cup qualifiers. Fatigue is a real problem for a team whose players are not used to a busy schedule at this level. A match against Lyon is going to test their steel, especially now when home fans are no longer happy with a scoreless draw.

Lyon Welcomes Back Lacazette

Lyon lost the match against newly promoted Dijon in dramatic fashion and also lost their top scorer who suffered an injury.Lacazette is still mending his injury, but is expected to return to the starting formation for the match against Nice. The visitors are in dire need of this quality striker but have a couple of options.

Bet365 sports offers better than average odds on the visitors to win on the road. Risk-averse punters would be better off taking even odds on Lyon to win, with the cover of a 0:0 Asian Handicap. If the match ends undecided, the bookmaker will return the stakes, therefore the risks are mitigated.

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See also

Lyon Fights Nice for a Champions League Berth

UEFA Europa League Match Preview: Everton vs Lyon

International Champions Cup: Inter Milan vs Lyon

French Supercup: Lyon Tries to Snap PSG's Winning Streak

Bordeaux Braces for a Visit from Archrivals Lyon


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