Ligue 1: Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Ligue 1: Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain preview, team news, prediction and tips
January 8
Football

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Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain will face off in the Ligue 1 matchday 20 at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday. The kick-off is at 21:45 CEST.

Preview

It's been all but an abysmal campaign for Lyon in the 2021/22 French top flight season as Peter Bosz's men are coming into their first league match of the new year occupying the 13th place in the table, having claimed just 24 points from the opening 18 matches. Moreover, OL are on a five-game winless streak across all competitions, including four straight draws, ahead of PSG's visit to the Groupama Stadium. What makes Lyon's current situation even more miserable is the fact that they are now closer to the relegation zone than to the top three.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, meanwhile, continue to lead the Ligue 1 standings with 46 points, 10 points clear of second-placed Marseille, even if they had struggled a bit at the end of 2021. The Parisians, have only won two out of their last five league outings while drawing the other three. Nevertheless, PSG have already returned to winning ways in the French Cup when they destroyed Vannes OC 4-0 on Monday courtesy of Presnel Kimpembe's goal and Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick.

Team news

While Tino Kadewere, Karl Toko Ekambi and Islam Slimani will play no part for the hosts on the weekend through their AFCON duties, Achraf Hakimi, Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye are unavailable for the visitors for the same reason. Jason Denayer, Sinaly Diomande and Jeff Reine-Adelaide remain sidelined for Lyon while Gianluigi Donnarumma, Layvin Kurzawa, Danilo Pereira, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria won't help PSG this time around due to positive Covid-19 tests. Neymar, for his part, is around a month away from recovering from his ankle injury.

Prediction

Even though Lyon have looked all but miserable throughout the season, Bosz's crop have only lost once at home in all competitions this term so far while scoring at least once in each of those 12 encounters. The Parisians, in turn, have only won twice in their last six Ligue 1 matches away from home, so we wouldn't be surprised it OL manage to cause Pochettino's men some problems on Sunday, just like in their previous head-to-head meeting when Mauro Icardi's 93rd-minute secured a hard-fought victory for PSG in September.

Tip

Total under 3.5 at 1.768 with 1XBET.


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