Lyon vs Amiens
Groupama Stadium, Lyon
Wednesday, 05-02-2020 @9pm
Ref: Jerome Miguelgorry
Lyon have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions and go into this game two points off fourth. The home side have won seven of their last ten games at the Groupama with 21 goals scored in this time, including twelve in their last four. Amiens currently sit a point above the drop zone and are winless in the league since early November. Both teams have scored in six of Amiens’ last nine games in all competitions and in eight of Lyon’s last ten.
Lyon had been going from strength to strength before their trip to Nice at the weekend with seven wins on the bounce but le Gym managed to take them down a peg. Rudi Garcia’s men were unlucky to lose this match 2-1 as they played almost 70 minutes with ten men, however the same happened to their opponents at half-time so they did have their chances to level up the game.
It was a poor result but one that they’ll be ultimately desperate to rectify here and they will have a lot of confidence going into this one as they are the home side. They have been rather dominant at the Groupama recently with seven wins in their last ten at the stadium.
They’ve scored 21 goals in this time with a whopping twelve coming in their last four although there is work to be done at the back. Les Gones have conceded ten goals in this time with just two clean sheets so will have to remain wary as they host Amiens.
Amiens had a great opportunity on Saturday to get some points on the board as they hosted fellow relegation battlers Toulouse. Somehow they managed to draw the game 0-0 and hand Toulouse their first result that wasn’t a loss since October. It was a disastrously wasted chance at the weekend and it could ultimately cause them this season as they now sit just a point above the drop zone.
The Unicorns haven’t won in the league since early November with just three draws interrupting this stretch of ten games. They’ve conceded 24 goals in this time but have been okay in attack with eight netted along the way. Generally in the final third they have been solid with eleven scored in their last nine away league games but their awful defence has really held them back this season.
Saint Etienne vs Marseille
Stade Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, Saint Ettiene
Wednesday, 05-02-2020 @11pm
Ref: Jerome Brisard
The hosts have failed to score in four of their last six matches at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard. Marseille have won five of their last seven away games and have the second best record on the road. The visitors have scored ten goals and kept five clean sheets in their last seven away games.
Saint-Étienne slipped up once again on Sunday as they were thrashed 3-1 by Metz. Sainté had entered this game on a streak of three consecutive wins and it appeared as if their comical run of misfortune had come to an end, however they fell right back into it against the newly promoted side. Sainté did have the lion share of the chances but failed to hit the target on enough occasions.
Four of Sainté’s last five wins have come away from home but with them back at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard they could struggle. Les Verts have been largely underperforming this season with them currently sitting 15th despite finishing last season in 4th. This has understandably turned their home ground into quite the cauldron for the players which has restricted their performances as of late.
They have won just two of their last six home games in all competitions with 19th place Nîmes being one of these victories. Saint-Étienne sit 14th in Ligue 1 if the table were judged on home results and face a team here who love their away days.
Marseille sit 2nd in the league for results on the road this season as they have made a good knack of spoiling people’s days. However, les Olympiens didn’t show that cutting edge at the weekend as they drew 0-0 with Bordeaux. It was always going to be a difficult game but Marseille really should have threatened a bit more here.
It was just their second slip-up on the road since November however as they have generally been very dominant away from home with five wins in their last seven. They’ve scored ten goals in this time and conceded just three goals and they’ll be hoping that their steadfast defence can bring them glory here again.
Wednesday’s other Ligue One fixtures
-Toulouse vs Strasbourg @9pm
-Reims vs Nice @9pm
-Nimes vs Dijon @9pm
-Montpellier vs Metz @9pm
-Brest vs Bordeaux @9pm
-Lille 1-0 Rennes
-Monaco 1-0 Angers
-Nantes 1-2 PSG