Match Preview: Lyon vs. Nantes

Updated: September 20, 2013


Online Sports Betting Tip  – Securing a draw in both the international and domestic league, Rémi Garde and his men will prove to rivals, Nantes that they prefer to settle for victories rather than be content with satisfactory stalemates.



Olympique Lyonnaise needs to settle for a draw after a down the wire encounter against Real Betis in the Europa League. Although the result is neither impressive nor disappointing, the Kids remains fortunate for not exiting the tournament in a disgraceful act.


Back in the domestic league, the club’s penchant for a draw is a bit evident. Whether it was purely coincidental or not, Lyon’s last match also ended in a stalemate. Such scenario leaves them with no other option but to clinch a victory when they meet Nantes. Otherwise, they might see themselves battling for survival and definitely, they will not appreciate the idea of being trapped in a cliffhanger where the slightest mistake can result to a disappointing season.



The Canaries’ team form is no better than Lyon. The club is also experiencing an unpredictable spell of victories, draws and defeats, It made quite an impression when it opened the season with a commanding win against Bastia. Unfortunately, the Canaries melted down with 2 consecutive losses and a draw in their 4th math. Nevertheless, they snatched their second win during their encounter against Sochaux.


Nantes’ edge as of the moment can be attributed to the fact that they have the momentum when they battle it out against Lyon. The bigger question, however, is whether they have enough strength to embark on a winning streak.


The Verdict: Lyon to score 2 goals

Lyon and Nantes have withstanding rivalry that has been at the forefront of the French League. Technically speaking, they are tied with 7 points each. Breaking the stalemate means looking into the goal difference delivered by each club. The rivalry plus the fact that both have the same number of wins, losses and draws, adds more spice and action into the match.


But perhaps, the deciding factor that shall hail the victor of this encounter can be seen on their previous encounters.


Lyon dominated its last 6 matches against matches and there is a high possibility for them to replicate such feat. Likewise, they  will be playing in their own soil, which is added advantage for them.


However, it is still uncertain if Yoann Gourcuff will be gracing the pitch. The same thing for Gaël Danic.


Nantes can capitalize on the above-mentioned Lyon demise, but they too, have some of their players sidelined. Johan Audel, Fabrice Pancrate and Gabriel Cichero shall be missing the said match.



Match Date: 22 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stade de Gerland




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