Lyon had an easy job in the last round of Ligue 1 against underdogs from Strasbourg when they routinely defeated them with a 3:0 result, back at their home.
Already superior hosts, gain a numerical advantage in the 14th minute and scored two with ease before the halftime whistle. Logically, they had complete control when the match moved to the second and managed to be effective one more time in the 68th, second via Depay, and continued their winning momentum.
Lyon holds 2nd place in the overall standings, being only two points in deficit compared to the leaders from Lille.
Central defender Denayer (20/1) is injured for the hosts and should be their only selection worry.
Montpellier finally ended their long time winless streak in Ligue 1 last Sunday when they come with a 4:2 victory against Dijon, playing at their home stadium.
They went on a break with a 0:1 deficit, but visibly appeared far more concrete in the second, and completely reversed it to 3:1 after sixty-one minute of play. Even though the visitors managed to respond from the penalty in the 88th, the home side had the last word, as they were effective one more time just before the full-time and removed all questions about the winner.
Montpellier is at the 11th spot on the table, still with a chance for Europa, as they have six points less than Rennes.
The guests will miss defender Mendes (18/2), plus left-back Oyongo (13/1) due to injuries. Midfielder Ferri (23/0) is doubtful for the moment.
A setback is not an option
As mentioned, Lyon doesn’t have the luxury to approach this clash in a relaxed way, as losing points here may cost them the title race. Realistically, that scenario is highly unlikely, and their victory shouldn’t be questionable.
Also, I am expecting a high number of goals in this clash, as both sides are quite effective throughout this season, but even though the guests might score, they simply don’t have the quality to match the far superior home team, that is performing much better.