Preview - Lyon vs Caen March 11 2018

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Mar 11, 2018, 09:14 PM Last Edit: Mar 11, 2018, 09:16 PM by Harry85
Match Day 29
Lyon vs Caen
Monday, March 11th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Last five matches form: W D L D W
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Nabil Fekir and Mariano (16)

Last five matches form: D D L W W
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Ivan Santini ( 8 )

Lyon have just the one doubt ahead of this, but it's a big one as the influential Nabil Fekir may miss out once again. Caen will be without the injured Adama Mbengue and Vincent Bessat in addition to top scorer Ivan Santini who is suspended for this game.

Caen don't score many goals at the best of times, especially on their travels where they have managed just seven goals all season. In the absence of Santini it's very difficult to see where the goals are going to come from here.

Lyon have all but secured a Europa League spot for next season, but won't have given up hope of Champions League football with third placed Marseille being well within their sights.

Back to back wins for Caen, including when knocking Lyon out of the French Cup, have opened up a little gap between themselves and the relegation zone and they may be able to now relax just a little headed into the closing stages of the season.

Lyon have been a little hit or miss lately, but secured a good result in Europe in midweek and with or without Nabil Fekir, they should have too much for todays visitors. It may take a while to break Caen down, but once they do there should be no way back for their goal shy opponents.

Prediction: Lyon 2 - 0 Caen


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 20 - 6
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 4 -2
Possession: 67% - 33%

One booking apiece here with Lyon's Mariano Diaz and Caen's Stef Peeters making their way into referee Clement Turpin's notebook.

A thoroughly deserved win for the home side here having registered no fewer than 20 shots and held possession for two third of this game. As anticipated though, a stubborn Caen side proved to be far from easy to break down.

Given how under pressure they were Caen did pretty well to limit Lyon to just the four efforts on target.

It did seem likely that all the pressure may tell in the end though, and whilst they did have to wait, Lyon did eventually get the crucial breakthrough in the 63rd minute.

Caen themselves had just forced a save from Anthony Lopes with their only shot on target of the match. That effort came in their only real attacking period of the game with Enzo Crivelli having crashed a header against the post just a minute earlier as Caen briefly threatened to take the lead against the run of play.

The build up to the winner began with poor defending from Caen's Ismael Diomande, with the ball falling to Bertrand Traore. His initial effort was saved, but he followed up well to finish off from the centre of the box.

Two minutes later it was nearly 2-0, Mariano Diaz finding himself with a great opportunity, only to have his effort blocked.

Lyon continue to cling onto the coat-tails of third placed Marseille with this win, but with Marseille also winning in the late game, the gap remains at five points in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Back down to earth for Caen following their two recent wins. Patrice Garande's men dropping to twelfth place, but still sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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