The great derby of French football between Lyon and Paris Saint Germain closes the round in Ligue One this weekend. Groupama Stadium, the home of Lyon, is the venue of this event, which is by far the most important in the French league in this batch of games. The hosts are in problems losing the last two games, while on the other side, PSG confidently cruises through all of the competitions they participate in.
Lyon (+350) suffered back-to-back losses, both of them on the road throughout the previous 10 days. At first, Lorient defeated them, 3-1, and after that, Monaco, in the derby of the round, 1-0. These two failures did raise some concerns among the fans, but getting a positive outcome against PSG would erase all of them.
The Kids, as the fans call this team, both score and allow goals, with only one of their seven Ligue One games this year ending with just one side netting. It was a 5-0 win over Angers, and in all other events, at home or on the road, Lyon was both netting and conceding.
When playing at Groupama, Lyon is very confident, winning in all four meetings, scoring at least twice in each event, with a combined difference of 13-3.
PSG (-160) comes to Lyon from Israel, where they met with Maccabi Haifa in the UEFA Champions League. Despite allowing the opening goal, the Saints regrouped, scoring three goals until the end and winning 1-3, posting the second victory in the same number of UCL events.
This was the 10th game played for the Saints since the year started, and the ninth victory, with the only draw coming against Monaco at home, 1-1. After that, Neymar and the boys posted five victories. The French champions scored twice or more in eight of those ten meetings, and their offensive productivity is at the highest possible level.
They are much better on the road than at home, winning all five outings in each hitting the rival’s net at least three times, reaching the figure of 21 goals scored and two conceded.
Boateng and Pollersbeck are the only two players who won’t play for Lyon.
Kimpembe, Navas, Pembele and Sanches are all injured for PSG and out for action on Sunday night.
Head to Head Games
The most recent game between these two sides was in January last season, and the result at Groupama was 1-1. Previously, PSG won at home in September 2021, 2-1.
Just one of the previous 10 games at the Groupama didn’t end with both teams scoring. PSG didn’t lose in the last four trips to Lyon, winning three times and having one draw.
We expect to see the tradition continuing and both teams scoring. Lyon will be aggressive at home, trying to use the guests’ fatigue following a game in Israel and a trip back to France. Meanwhile, PSG has one of the deadliest attacks ever, and it would be stupid not to expect them to score. Therefore both teams netting is our choice, with the odds currently sitting at -205 for that.
Pick: Both teams to score -205
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