Preview - Lyon vs Caen 19 May 19

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Match Day 37
Lyon vs. Caen
Sunday, May 19th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Last five matches form: L W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.75
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Moussa Dembélé (14)

Last five matches form: L W W D W
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Casimir Ninga & Enzo Crivelli (6)

The job of Champion's League qualification is very nearly done for Lyon now. Four points clear of fourth placed Saint-Étienne with only two games left to play, one more win will see them over the line. Most will be expecting them to complete that task this weekend as third bottom Caen come calling to the Groupama Stadium.

In Caen though Lyon will be meeting a side who are belatedly showing real fight to beat the drop. The visitors arrive here with three wins in their last four and now lie behind fourth bottom Monaco only on goal difference. With Monaco playing fifth bottom Amiens this week, a shock win for Caen will definitely lift them out of the relegation zone headed into the final game of the season.

Lyon picked up the points with a 1-0 win in the game here last season but were held to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Amine Gouiri is the only confirmed absentee for Lyon at this stage. Caen will be without the injured duo of Romain Genevois and Adama Mbengue in addition to the suspended Malik Tchokounte.

Lyon have lost only three of 18 at home all season, scoring two or more in six of their last seven. They do give sides a chance at the back though having conceded at least once in each of their last eight here.

Caen have won only three of 18 on the road, but have picked up seven draws and, with three clean sheets in their past four away games, have really tightened up at the back.

Caen's need may be greater, but the gulf in class looks too big here and we see the home side doing enough.

Prediction: Lyon 3 - 1 Caen


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  16 - 7
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 60% - 40%

Maxwel Cornet, Marcelo and Rafael Da Silva were all booked for the home side, with Alexander Djiku of Caen also having his name taken by referee Amaury Delerue.

Caen were always likely to be up against it here facing a Lyon side who boasted a quality advantage in almost every area of the pitch. Their only real hope was that the home side may like the drive and desire required. Needing the points to rubber stamp their Champion's League qualification though, that was never likely to be the case, and whilst Caen did well in the opening 45, they were ultimately blown away in the second half.

Caen did have their moments in the first half. Most notably when Faycal Fajr forced a stunning one-handed stop from Anthony Lopes.

It was Lyon who were then handed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Moussa Dembélé was bundled over in the area by Younn Zahary. Penalty kick. Dembélé himself stepping up but seeing his effort well saved by keeper Brice Samba. 0-0 at the break.

Lyon broke the deadlock four minutes into the second half. Good break through midfield seeing the ball fed to Maxwel Cornet in the right of the area. Cornet flashing a low ball across the six-yard box and Memphis Depay sliding in to finish.

Just five minutes later the home side grabbed a second. Martin Terrier played in in the left of the area and flashing a shot across goal. His effort struck the far post but rebounded straight to Cornet to slot in the rebound from around eight yards out to the right.

The third arrived in the 64th minute. Houssem Aouai slipping in Dembélé in the left of the area and the forward finishing nicely right into the bottom right corner from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box.

Ten minutes later the scoring ended as it had begun with a Depay goal. A lightning quick counter seeing Cornet break down the right and clip the ball in towards Depay. The Dutchman finishing first time on the volley to the left from around 14 yards in a central area. 4-0 final score.

Four points clear of Saint-Étienne with only one game remaining, Lyon have now confirmed their place in the Champion's League qualifying round. Caen aren't dead quite yet, they remain third bottom and two points adrift of safety.

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