Lyon seeks Back to Back Victories in Ligue 1Published August 11, 2017 by Florin P
Depleted Rennes hopes to hold back visiting Lyon in spite of awful head to head record (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Lyon didn’t change too many players during the season break and practically gave up its hopes of winning the Ligue 1 in 2018. However, they have a good chance to finish on the podium and secure a place in the Champions League qualifiers next year. In the opening round, they managed to defeat Strasbourg at home and will try to double down on that victory with a triumph on the road.
Five Players Injuries for Rennes
Home pitch advantage won’t mean much for Rennes now that five of their midfielders and defenders are out with injuries. The rest of the players will try to cope with these absentees but can only hope for a draw in this fixture. One week ago, they were held to a scoreless draw on the road against Troyes and were dominated for most of the match.
The head to head record against Lyon is far from impressive and both at home and on the road they have lost the vast majority of games. Manager Gourcouff will feature five defenders, just as many midfielders and a single striker. His main goal is to finish the game undefeated and the prevent opponents from scoring in the first half.
Lyon Emerges as a Pragmatic Team
A quick glance at the statistics from the opening match of Ligue 1 will reveal the fact that Lyon made the most of each opportunity to score. Even though opponents sent more shots towards the goal and had more corner kicks, they had to accept defeat by a crushing margin. Strasbourg conceded four goals and was unable to score a single time, something that Rennes should be wary of.
For a limited period of time, players can expect odds of 9/10 offered by bet365 Sports, but they are unlikely to last. That’s why punters should place a bet on the visiting team as soon as possible as Lyon is likely to claim all three points on Friday.