Lyon has a golden chance to come on top of the Ligue 1 standings this week as they welcome home an in-form Bordeaux. The match schedules for Friday at Gewiss Stadium, with a kickoff at 11 pm.
The hosts thrashed local rivals Saint Etienne 5-0 in their last outing. On the other hand, Bordeaux extended their winning run to three matches after a 2-1 win over Angers.
The 122nd Derby du Rhone did not live up to the full hype as a full fit Lyon side thrashed an Etienne side that faced a major coronavirus outbreak.
Les Verts welcomed several first-team players to their squad, but they proved no match for Rudi Garcia’s men. Les Gones only managed to pick one point from their previous games against Rennes and Metz.
Lyon is currently third on the table below Lille and PSG, who are now on a three-match winning streak. This Friday, a win will see the side rise to the summit before PSG and Lille take on Lorient and Dijon, respectively, on Sunday.
Despite suffering a home defeat to Metz late last week, Garcia took maximum points from five of their previous six matches on home soil. In each of the games, the side-notched two goals each time. However, they come against an in-form Bordeaux side with a strong defensive record.
Lyon vs. Bordeaux Head to Head
Both sides have 34 games against each other, with Lyon taking home 12 wins while Bordeaux with 12 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Saint Etienne 0-5 Lyon
Lyon 0-1 Metz
Rennes 2-2 Lyon
Lyon 3-2 RC Lens
Lyon 3-0 Nantes
Bordeaux 2-1 Angers
OGC Nice 0-3 Bordeaux
Bordeaux 2-1 Lorient
Metz 0-0 Bordeaux
Bordeaux 1-3 Reims
Lyon Team News
Lucas Paqueta is available after a suspension but faces competition in the middle of the park, with Caraquet forcing his way back to the team. Houssem Aouar missed out on the derby win due to an injury and remained a doubt here. Maxwell Cornet is busy shaking off a muscular problem hence Mattia De Sciglio deputizing him at left-back.
Bordeaux Team News
A strong and fully fit team is available this Friday, with only Otavio and Mehdi Zerkane sidelined with injuries. Toma Basic and Yacine Adli are only one book away from suspension. Hwang will lead the attacking front.
Prediction and Odds
Lyon tends to struggle in this fixture and will not come out guns blazing like their last outing.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 1.5