Preview - Lyon vs Strasbourg 16 February 20

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Match Day 25
Lyon  vs. Strasbourg
Sunday, February 16th 2020
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Last five matches form: W W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.54
Average goals against per match: 1.04
Top Scorer: Moussa Dembélé (13)
Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.29
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Adrien Thomasson & Ludovic Ajorque ( 8 )

Lyon's season continues to stutter and falter, with the side taking a couple of steps backwards just when they look to be building up a little momentum. Currently down in ninth and seven points off the European positions, they will looking for three points on Match Day 25 as seventh placed Strasbourg come to town. With only three points between the sides heading into the game, this looks one of the more evenly poised fixtures of the weekend.

Lyon picked up the points courtesy of a 2-1 success in the reverse of this fixture, and also came out on top in the game here last season - 2-0 the score-line on that occasion.

Memphis Depay, Léo Dubois, Youssouf Kone, Oumar Solet and Jeff Reine-Adélaïde are all out injured for the home side. Strasbourg must make do without the suspended duo of Lionel Carole and Ibrahima Sissoko in addition to the injured Anthony Caci.

Lyon haven't been anything like their usual solid selves at home this season in winning only four of their opening eleven fixtures here. They have been very disappointing in front of goal in scoring one or fewer in seven of eleven.

Strasbourg head into this on a pretty good run with six wins in their past eight Ligue 1 fixtures. They have also improved markedly on the road of late. Without a win in their first six away from home, they have now won four of their last six - only conceding more than once in one of those fixtures.

Lyon don't look the same side without Memphis Depay, and their struggle for goals here at home may lead to them having to settle for a point in this one.

Prediction: Lyon 1 - 1 Strasbourg


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 5 - 7
Shots on target: 2 - 1
Corner Kicks:  3 - 2
Possession: 62% - 38%

Bertrand Traore, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé were all booked for the home side in this one, with Lamie Kone of Strasbourg also having his name taken by referee Johann Hamel.

The visitors almost took the lead very early in bizarre circumstances. Marcelo firing a pass back to his keeper from around halfway. Very dodgy ball though, forcing Anthony Lopes to scamper back towards his line to prevent the own goal.

Despite that scare, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 21st minute. Maxwel Cornet sending in a cross from the left, and Bertrand Traore getting there with a stooped header from around six yards. His effort was close to the keeper but from so close in he could do little about it and in it went.

Three minutes before the break Strasbourg levelled things up. Majeed Waris slipping in Lucien Kevin Zohi down the middle. Zohi finishing smartly into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area. The flag initially went up for off-side, but upon consultation with VAR the goal was given. 1-1 at the interval.

Both sides were having their moments after the break, but it was Strasbourg who were coming on strongest in the closing stages. Kenny Lala seeing a 25-yard curled effort clip the right hand upright, and Dimitri Lienard hitting the same post via a free-kick from a seemingly impossible angle out towards the right goal-line.

1-1   final score.

Lyon's season still isn't really showing any signs of taking off, with this result seeing them drop down to eleventh spot - six points off the European positions. No change for Strasbourg who remain seventh and three points behind fourth placed Lille.

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