Lyon Bids Champions League Goodbye and Focuses on Ligue 1Published November 27, 2015 by Florin P
Depleted Montpellier travels to Lyon seeking rare win on the road (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Truth be told, Lyon never had much of a chance in the Champions League this season, so the fans are hardly surprise by their mediocre performance. Now that they are officially out of the race for the playoffs, they can focus exclusively on the Ligue 1. When the domestic championship resumed, they failed miserably and lost by 3-0 against Nice in a match that the host dominated from start to finish.
Injury List Grows Shorter
Lyon is clinging to its second-place but the group of teams chasing the leader is increasingly thick and competition more intense than ever before. By now it is self evident that they’ve got no chance to overtake PSG, so the reigning champions will almost certainly add another title to their collection.
The stakes are still extremely high, because the team finishing on the second-place will participate in the Champions League next season. Even though Lyon failed to achieve anything notable in this competition, their simple presence there resulted in a lot of money. With fewer players on the injury list and only Fekir being truly impossible to replace, they can field a competitive team right from the start.
Winless on the Road
Five of the last six placed teams in the French first division are winless on the road, but Montpellier has only scored two games so far away from home. It is not their intention to improve this percentage against Lyon, especially not now when they have to cope with the absence of eight players.
Head to head results and recent games don’t look good for Montpellier and they will barricade themselves, hoping to salvage one point. The team recently left the relegation area and their priority is not to return there, but conceding initiative can backfire badly. As long as the odds offered by bet365 Sports on Lyon to cover the -1.5 goals spread revolve around 13/10, this bet makes a lot of sense.