Lyon Fights Nice for a Champions League BerthPublished April 15, 2016 by Florin P
Southerners square off in a potentially decisive match for the Champions League groups (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Lyon struggled early this season, but the team managed to pick up speed and recuperate most of the points lost in the first half. They now have an excellent chance of finishing second behind PSG and secure a Champions League berth after one year on absence. Nice is also chasing the same elusive target and even though the team sits in the fourth place, it is within striking distance of the runners-up.
No Absentees for the Home Side
Lyon has lost plenty of points this season because the starting formation was ravaged by injuries, but tonight this won’t be an issue. They don’t even have a single player injured or suspended, so the first 11 will feature the most competitive footballers.
Recent results are also encouraging, since Lyon has won the last three home games and 5 of the last 6 matches. With PSG focusing on the Champions League, they have emerged as the most in-form team in Ligue 1 and will try to keep the undefeated run alive against Nice.
Poor Head to Head Record for Nice
Nice was never very successful in the matches against Lyon losing most of them both at home and on the road but they seem capable of making amends. The team won the last two games and scored a combined five goals while allowing just one and their defensive is better than ever before.
The visitors don’t have the luxury of fielding the best starting team, as 5 players will be watching the match from the bench, mending injuries. Luckily for them, none of these players serve offensive roles, so they are well capable of scoring a handful of goals against Lyon. Under these circumstances, odds of 7/10 on more than 2.5 goals to be scored make a lot of sense and bet365 Sports offers the best value right now.