Our football match prediction:
Olympique Lyon have slim chances of winning the Ligue 1 title and, as a result, they want to go all the way in the Coupe de France. Les Gones, who have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term, are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday's clash against Caen, but Bruno Genesio's men will have to be at their sharpest if they are to make it to the semis of the French Cup. Bertrand Traore has found his goal-scoring touch of late and the Burkina Faso international is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the Stade Michel d'Ornano game. The 2017/2018 season has been a mixed bag for Caen and despite the fact that they are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on Olympique Lyon, who are determined to win at least one title this term.
Highlighted Player (Stef Peeters):
Stef Peeters is a Belgian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ligue 1 side Caen. After making only five appearances for Racing Genk (2011-2015) he was loaned to Sparta Rotterdam in 2013. At the end of the 2013/2014 season he signed a loan deal with fellow Dutch club MVV Maastricht and in 2015 he signed a permanent contract with the club. In 2016 Stef Peeters joined Sint-Truiden and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in 39 appearances for the Belgian club. The midfielder then (2017) moved to France to sign a four-year deal with Caen and he is going to wear No. 8 on his shirt in the 2017/2018 season. The Belgian player was born on February 9, 1992 in Meeuwen-Gruitrode, but he has yet to earn a cap for the Belgium national football team. Peeters’ main position is central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well. The left-footed footballer has a contract with Caen which expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympic Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille. The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level. It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.