Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Lens, Lille will look to return to winning ways when they take on Lyon on Matchday 27. Les Dogues are eager to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s clash. Tiago Djalo limped off with injury in the last league match, with Alexsandro likely to step up. The likes of Adam Ounas, Ismaily, and Bafode Diakite miss out through injuries as well.
Les Gones, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a goalless draw with Lorient, but given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Keep in mind that all Jeffinho, Anthony Lopes, Thiago Mendes, Jerome Boateng, Alexander Lacazette, and Malo Gusto are out of contention through injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel Da Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles.
The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division.
Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
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.