Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Lyon will be aiming to extend their winning run to four games when they face Le Havre at Stade Oceane on Sunday afternoon. Les Gones have been impressive at the back of late and they are likely to rely on their solid defence in the round 18 clash. Experienced Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is banned for the match, while both Ernest Nuamah and Mama Balde are on international duty.
Luka Elsner’s troops, on the other hand, aim to build on the Coupe de France win over Caen, but seeing that they will be without Andre Ayew, Abdoulaye Toure, Mohamed Bayo, and Rassoul Ndiaye in Sunday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on Pierre Sage’s troops. In their last meeting at the venue, back in 2008, Olympique Lyon defeated Le Havre 1-0 thanks to Ederson’s goal and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
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.