Preview - Amiens vs Lyon 28 January 19

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Match Day 22
Amiens vs. Lyon
Monday, January 27th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Licorne

Last five matches form: W D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.86
Average goals against per match: 1.71
Top Scorer: Eddy Gnahoré (4)

Last five matches form: W D D D W
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembélé, Nabil Fekir & Bertrnad Traoré (6)

Two sides with vastly different objectives meet at the Stade de la Licorne on Match Day 21 in Ligue 1. For hosts Amiens, the aim is to escape the bottom three. For Lyon meanwhile, the goal for the remainder of the campaign is to at least maintain their current third placed position and so make it into the Champion's League. Quite a big class differential on paper, but will it play out that way on the day?

Lyon have held the edge over Amiens so far this season, knocking them out of both domestic cup competitions here and winning the reverse of this fixture in the league, 2-0. They also won this game last season, coming away with a 2-1 win.

Bongani Zungu, Saman Ghoddos and Ganso miss out for the home side. Lyon will be without the injured Amine Gouiri and Rafael in addition to the suspended Marçal.

A run of just the one win in their past eight has seen Amiens slip to third bottom and firmly into the relegation mix. A win in this would be enough to lift them out of the relegation zone, but that will be anything but easy. They are without a win in their last five here and have failed to score in their past three.

Lyon arrive here on a high having picked up a big win on the road at rivals Saint Étienne last time out. Their away form has been solid overall with just two defeats in their opening ten. They have scored two or more in five of their last six.

Two sides pretty much at opposite ends of the form spectrum here. This looks like an away win.

Prediction: Amiens 0 - 3 Lyon


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  10 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

Bakaye Dibassy was booked for the home side, with referee Jerome Miguelgorry also taking the names of Tanguy Ndombele, Leo Dubois and Moussa Dembele of Lyon.

In the end this went the way the league table suggested that it ought to, but this was far from a walk in the park for Lyon who were made to work pretty hard for the win in the end. Amiens fans will be hoping for more of this type of effort and endeavour in their remaining games as they bid to beat the drop.

Both sides were having their moments in a first half where Lyon did have the edge in terms of possession and territory. Both were struggling for that final ball in and around the area though and as such were mainly being restricted to efforts from range which never really looked to have either keeper in too much trouble. 0-0 at the break.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game came in the 50th minute. A Memphis Depay cross from deep on the right-hand side finding Jason Denayer around eight yards out in a central area. Denayer heading down and in to the left-hand side of the goal.

Lyon looked the more likely to add to the scoring in the remainder of the game, without being able to. 0-1 final score.

Amiens remain third bottom and currently in the relegation playoff position. They are only behind Caen on goal difference though and more performances like this - against lesser opposition - may yet see them escape. Lyon meanwhile remain third and four points clear of Saint-Etienne in the battle for the Champion's League positions.

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