Ligue 1 Match Preview: Lyon vs. Bastia

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Updated: April 24, 2014
Lyon and Bastia

Match Date: 27s April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade de Gerland

 

Lyon’s scoreless stalemate against Toulouse prevented them from moving to the 5th spot and therefore, prevented them from ensuring an appearance in the next season’s Europa League. Meanwhile, Bastia’s victory over AC Ajaccio gave them the boost that they needed. The said win enabled them to enter the top 10.

 

Les Gones is totally desperate for a win. They are aware that Saint Etienne’s 2-point lead is highly manageable. But in order for them to secure their spot for the Europa League, Saint Etienne will need to lose in their upcoming match. As harsh and as cruel as it may sound, Lyon must support Evian in order to pursue or champion their own interests. Realistically speaking, they cannot do it on their own and would need the contribution of other clubs to make their dreams happen.

 

Lyon has a definite edge against Bastia. The latter has been unsuccessful in 16 of their last 17 away matches. Moreover, the latter have conceded an average of 2 goals during their last 3 battles. Now in relation to its ambition to reach the Europa League, the task of eliminating Bastia is a bit easy for them. They can address this part. But as mentioned, this will not have any bearing unless Saint Etienne slips in the table.

 

Indeed, Les Gones is the online betting favorite of the match. However, this alone may not be enough in order to make them play in a much bigger arena.

 

Prediction:  Lyon

 

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