Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Saint Etienne in the local derby, Olympique Lyon will be looking to climb to the Champions League berth when they take on Angers at Stade Raymond-Kopa on Matchday 11. Les Gones have been showing signs of improvement of late, but key player Memphis Depay has yet to find his best form. The good news for the visitors is that important defender Marcelo returns from suspension.
Zimbabwe attacker Tino Kadewere, who scored a brace against Saint Etienne, is pushing for a start. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 5-1 win over Nimes, meaning that a lively contest is on the horizon at Stade Raymond-Kopa. Since Lyon’s defence has been pretty shaky in the first half of the season, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. In their last meeting at the venue Lyon recorded a 2-1 win over Angers.
Highlighted Player (Romain Thomas):
Romain Thomas is a product of Brest football academy and he made three appearances for the first team during his spell at Stade Francis-Le Bie. Thomas spent the 2008/2009 season on loan at Pacy Vallee-d’Eure and in 2010 he moved to lower-league side USJA Carquefou.
After spending three seasons at the club the 193-cm-tall defender, who is very good in the air, moved to Angers. Romain Thomas quickly established himself as a first team regular at the club and you should know that he made 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in the 2016/2017 season.
Despite playing as a defender, the French footballer often finds the net and he scored his first goal for Angers on September 27, 2013 in a 1-1 draw with Tours. The centre-back, whose preferred foot is right, was born in Landerneau, France on June 12, 1988. Romain Thomas’ contract with les Scoistes expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique 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.