FRANCE: Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 25 April 2021
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon)
A huge blockbuster of a Sunday-night game awaits, as fourth-placed Lyon welcome league leaders Lille in a genuine title six-pointer. Looking to claim their first title since 2007/08, Lyon are in good form at the right time, with just one loss in their previous eight Ligue 1 (L1) matches (W4, D3). They have been particularly efficient just before the break, scoring nearly half (47.69%) of their league goals this season from the 16th minute to HT.
A fast-paced start could be forthcoming here, given that the opener has been scored within 25 minutes in four of Lyon’s last five L1 home fixtures. Relevantly, just one of the previous ten L1 H2Hs has witnessed a goalless first half, further adding to hopes of a ‘blockbuster’.
Despite winning just two of their previous five league outings (D2, L1), visitors Lille still sit in the league’s top spot, but recently saw their lead shrink to a single point. In any case, with 63.64% of their L1 fixtures witnessing under 2.5 match goals (for a joint-league low average of 2.24 total goals per game) scoring first will be vital for Lille.
Hoping to extend their unbeaten run of 11 L1 away games (W9, D2), the visitors have been dominant after HT when playing away, keeping a second-half clean sheet in all but one of their 16 L1 away matches to date. That run could continue here, as ‘Les Dogues’ are unbeaten in their last six competitive road trips to Lyon (W3, D3 – 90 minutes).
Players to watch: Lyon’s Memphis Depay has scored a brace in four of his six goalscoring L1 matches in 2021. As for the visitors’ potential heroes, Jonathan Bamba has been Lille’s first goalscorer with five of his six L1 goals, including in the reverse H2H.
- Lyon’s form in last 5 matches: LWWWD.
- Lille’s form in last 5 matches: DWWLL.