Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 30 (Part 5)

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Updated: March 17, 2014
Lyon

Guingamp vs. Lyon

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade municipal de Roudourou

(Featured image: Lyon | Source: skysports.com)

 

As expected, Guingamp emerged as the stronger side than bottom occupants Ajaccio. While the hosts were the first side to take the lead through Paul-Bastien Lasne’s 8th minute goal, it was the guests who truly displayed impressive moves. Mustapha Yatabaré put the scoring even in the 13th minute and Claudio Beauvue pulled off the winner midway through the second half. This resulted in Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men taking all the points to climb one spot (13th) higher in the table.

 

It was a thrilling, but eventually frustrating, match for Olympique Lyonnais as they saw themselves drop all points against AS Monaco. The fixture ended tightly but not in favor of Lyon. They managed to cancel the scoring out twice―both delivered by Jimmy Briand as equalizers to the goals of Valere Germain and James Rodriguez―but lost the winner to Dimitar Berbatov. Inevitably, this marooned Les Gones in the fourth spot. In addition, three players―Malbranque, Grenier, and Benzia—cannot confirm their presence in the side’s subsequent match.

 

Online betting tip: A very resilient squad, Lyon will redeem themselves by thumping Guingamp on this battle.

 

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Monaco vs. Lille

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Louis II

 

Monaco are striving hard to get back on top of the league as they crashed Lyon with a thrilling 3-2 win. This made Les Rouge et Blanc eight points closer to current leaders PSG and nine points clear of third placers Lille. Monaco have a nearly clean record for this year, succumbing only once in all of their fixtures for 2014. This is in spite of Radamel Falcao’s absence due to injury. While the Colombia forward is out, Emmanuel Rivière, Valère Germain, and James Rodriguez should be enough to keep the squad in good form.

 

Lille are unbeaten for seven consecutive weeks, capped by a goalless draw with Nantes in Ligue 1. At number three, the side are still among the favorites to bag the league title. However, they are already a mile away from the top two contenders—nine points behind Monaco and 17 points behind PSG. Regardless of the digits, Les Dogues still have a couple more weeks to catch up with the race. They could use their creativity and highly defensive skills to do so.

 

Football betting tip: Pitting two superpowers will definitely produce a thriller. Expect both sides to score the same number of goals.