Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Auxerre and Lyon, the two old rivals, face each other at Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps in the Ligue 1 round 24. Christophe Pelissier’s troops are stuck in the relegation zone with only 15 points on their account, but they head into Friday’s game following back-to-back draws with Reims and Angers. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but both Siriki Dembele and Kays Ruiz-Atil remain in the recovery room.
Les Gones, on the other hand, have been producing fine displays in the French top flight ever since Laurent Blanc took over the reins. Lyon are now only six points behind the Europa League berth, and seeing that Auxerre failed to win the previous ten league matches, we are tempted to put our money on the in-form visitors. All Alexandre Lacazette, Jeffinho, and Malo Gusto should miss out with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.