Preview - Lyon vs Amiens 12 August 18

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Match Day 1
Lyon vs Amiens
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.29
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay (19)

Last five matches form: W D D W L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Moussa Konaté (13)

Match Day 1 in Ligue 1 continues on Sunday as last season's third placed finishers Lyon welcome Amiens - who finished in 13th spot last season - to the Groupama Stadium.

Lyon did the double over Amiens last season, running out comfortable 3-0 winners in this game in addition to posting a 2-1 success on the road.

Anthony Lopes is still suspended for Lyon following his sending off towards the back end of last season. Nabil Fekir meanwhile may not be quite at full fitness yet.

With only limited funds available in the transfer market, Amiens boss, Christophe PĂ©lissier is set to opt for a switch in tactics in an attempt to improve the results of the side. It hasn't been completely quiet in terms of new arrivals though and summer signing Juan Ferney Otero is expected to slot straight into the starting line-up.

Lyon were one of the hottest teams in Ligue 1 in the second half of last season. Winning nine of their final ten matches to storm into the Champions League positions. They will no doubt be keen to carry on where they left off this year.

Amiens largely struggled away from home last year, losing eleven of 19 and winning just four times.

Lyon have by far the stronger side on paper here, whether Nabil Fekir makes it in time or not. We fancy the home side to win this by a couple.

Prediction: Lyon 2 - 0 Amiens


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  12 - 8
Shots on target: 10 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 1
Possession: 64% - 36%

Two bookings in this one, both for the away side, with Gaoussou Traore and Eddy Gnahore having their names taken by referee Frank Schneider.

The league positions of these two sides from last season would suggest there is a significant class differential between the teams and that's exactly how this one played out at the Groupama. Lyon thoroughly dominant throughout, bossing possession, shots on target, territory and corner kicks.

It was Bertrand Traore who finally made Lyon's early pressure pay in the 24th minute. Driving into the area from the right, the angle looked to be very tight, but he managed to squeeze his effort through the legs of goalkeeper Regis Gurtner and in.

Memphis Depay was sensational for Lyon last season, and his performance here suggests that he has maintained every bit of that excellent form over the summer months. It was he who grabbed the second goal of the game in the 75th minute. Lining up a free kick right on the edge of the 18-yard box and slightly left of centre, the Dutchman curled a beautiful effort into the top right hand corner, leaving the keeper helpless. A fine goal to cap a man of the match performance.

The signs weren't particularly promising for Amiens here, with the visitors only registering their solitary effort on goal when they were already two goals down. They will face far easier tasks than this though.

Lyon meanwhile remain just about the form side in Ligue 1 overall. That's 10 wins in 11 league outings now. In a year where everyone is looking around for someone to give PSG a run for their money, perhaps Lyon may prove up to the task.

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