Lille v Lyon – Stade Pierre-Mauroy at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN
Friday night, I will be focusing my Asian Handicap betting preview on the French Ligue 1 game between Lille and Lyon.
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Lille desperately need a win against Lyon, although it certainly won’t be easy. Les Dogues look a completely different side to the team that finished 5th in Ligue 1 last campaign and have had a terrible start to the new season. Lille are currently 18th in the league and therefore find themselves in the relegation zone.
The home side have lost 3 of their last 4 matches, all by a 1-0 margin and were most recently beaten by 10th placed Angers away from home.
On a more positive note, Lille’s home form is better than their away form as Les Dogues are yet to win a match away from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Ligue 1 this season. Lille have won 3 and lost 3 of their 6 home league games to date and will be hoping for another win on Friday.
A serious problem however is that Lille have one of the worst defences in the league and they’ve already conceded 18 goals in 12 league games. They will certainly have to brush up their defence if they are to beat Lyon, one of the best attacking sides in France.
Interestingly, Lille are undefeated in their last 9 home games against Lyon across all competitions. They have won 6 and drawn 3 games against their opponents.
Eder and Marcos Lopes are Lille’s top-scorers, although both have only scored 2 league goals this season.
Before the international break, Lyon beat 17th placed SC Bastia 2-1 at home. Despite their form slipping in the middle of October, Lyon are now back to winning ways and come into this game 3 matches unbeaten across all competitions.
The home side are tied on 19 points in the table, alongside Toulouse and Bordeaux and have moved up to 7th place in Ligue 1.
Lyon are a great attacking force and have scored 20 goals in just 12 games! Alexandre Lacazette is unsurprisingly Lyon’s top-scorer with 10 goals to his name after only 8 league appearances. This is an impressive stat considering he missed a month through injury back in September!
On the road Lyon have looked vulnerable however and they have only won 2 of their last 9 away fixtures across all competitions. This will certainly build some hope in the Lille camp, who are looking to avoid a third straight defeat.
This clash see’s the 4th best attacking side in Ligue 1 meet a team with one of the poorest defences, which should make an interesting watch! Taking this into account, surely there has to be goals in this match and therefore backing over 2.25 goals looks value at 1.93.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.