Lyon’s 2019/20 season is definitely a red herring. I don’t just mean because of the Champions League form and overthrowing Man City with the world watching on, but also due to their metrics.
Olympique Lyonnais had not only the third-best attacking record behind Monaco and PSG through their 28 games, but they were fourth in terms of goals conceded as well.
The misfortune for Rudi Garcia’s charges simply manifested in ill-timed concessions and bad luck. They’re a much stronger unit than their seventh-place finish would indicate, and we could all expect them to have climbed up the table, especially as they were merely a point off fifth-placed Nice.
Dijon? Well, that’s a different story. Their 27 goals in 28 games was only boosted by all-but-relegated Toulouse at that point who could only muster 22.
They also shipped 37 times, however the majority of these goals were away from home.
One bonus for the club is that they managed to hold onto both their top scorers from 2019/20 in Julio Tavares and Mama Balde. The exciting Eric Ebimbe should help plug gaps at the back, but they could well be outmatched here.
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Everyone questioned the fitness of Ligue 1 sides in Europe coming into the quarter-final stage due to the extended period without any football. But as it turned out, Lyon and PSG looked the fittest sides in the competition.
Why exactly that is, nobody knows – but Lyon are sharp under Rudi Garcia and generally start games quickly in the first place.
With the big games behind them ensuring that they’re at the peak of their fitness, it would be no surprise whatsoever to see them blitz a stale Dijon outfit early for a Lyon Half Time lead.
Angers struck against them in just the 22nd minute last week through Ismael Traore and you can probably expect more of the same.
The thing here is – Lyon generally keep the ball when they’re ahead. Garcia preaches possession when they’re at home in Ligue 1 and they’ve got enough guile in midfield between Houssem Aouar and Maxence Caqueret to not lose it in advanced positions.
There simply won’t be a blitz of goals from them – it’s not how they operate unless they’re committed to playing on the break, which they won’t be. When in France, and not involving PSG, go unders. It’s the golden rule of backing in Ligue 1.
And for a game involving Dijon away from home, who will have absolutely no designs on trying to score until the last 20 minutes, you’ve even gotten yourself another little piece of insurance for Under 2.5 Goals.
It was a real toss-up between Dembele and Memphis Depay for this gong, but Depay has grown less selfish in his build-up, while Dembele might be the best player outside of PSG and Aouar in France.
Oh, and he’s on penalty duty which always helps with these picks. Sometimes, I genuinely can’t control my laughter when I realise he spent the early segment of his career between Fulham and Celtic. Honestly.
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