Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Lyon will be aiming to make amends for an unpleasant 4-2 loss to Rennes when they face Reims on Sunday. Les Gones are having a season to forget, but it is still early for us to start drawing conclusions. Anyhow, this has to go down as a must-win game for the visitors, who are nine points behind the Champions League berth. All Denayer, Boateng, Diomande, Cherki, and Pintor are likely to miss the game with injuries for the visiting side, while both Aouar and Kadewere are pushing for a start.
Les Rouges et Blancs, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late. Reims are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but seeing that the visitors want this win more than the hosts, we predict that les Gones are going to pick up all three points from the match. To make things even worse for the home side, forward Anastasios Donis is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
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.