Our football match prediction:
Even though everybody expected that Olympique Lyon would struggle without last season’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, les Gones are on the right track to prove the doubters wrong. Lyon kicked off the new Ligue 1 campaign with a 4-0 win over Strasbourg and, to make things even better for the fans, they defeated Rennes (2-1) on the road on Matchday 2. Bruno Genesio’s men aim to keep their 100% record in the French top flight intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Bordeaux in Saturday’s football game. Summer signing Mariano Diaz has been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season and all eyes will be on the former Real Madrid man when the two teams meet at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Les Girondins defeated Metz (2-0) at the weekend, but beating les Gones away from home is easier said than done.
Highlighted Player (Rafael):
Best known for his role at Manchester United when football world got to know him and his twin brother first hand, Rafael Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian football operating mainly at right-back, but can also fill in on the right side of the midfield. Fabio began his career with Fluminense before jining Manchester United in 2007. He spent eight years competing in the Premier League before he moved to Lyon in 2015. Prior to his move to France, Rafael spent one season playing for Queens Park Rangers in a campaign which turned out to be a disastrous one for the Brazilian. Still fresh and with plenty of football in front of him at the age of 26, Rafael was given plenty of freedom at Lyon and a license to play his natural game. Signed on a four-year deal, Rafael has gone to become an imposing figure at his new club managing 27 appearances with one goal in a Lyon shirt across competitions.
Highlighted Team (Bordeaux):
Founded in 1881, Bordeaux are regarded as one of the oldest clubs in France. Les Girondins won their first Ligue 1 trophy in 1950 and 59 years later (2008/2009) they lifted their sixth domestic trophy. Speaking of the club’s European success, Bordeaux did remarkably well to make it to the Champions League semi-finals in 1985, but despite recording a 2-0 win over star-studded Juventus in the return leg, the French club eventually failed to book their place in the final of the elite competition. Famous French footballers Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana were part of the team back then and it has to be noted that Giresse is the player who made the most appearances for les Girondins (587). During the nineties Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry and Bixente Lizarazu played for Bordeaux and, taking everything into account, it is no surprise they are considered one of the most famous French clubs. Nowadays Les Girondins welcome their rivals at Matmut Atlantique, the stadium which was opened in 2015 and they used to play at Stade Chaban-Delmas in the past.