Dijon v Lyon – Stade Gaston Gérard at 20:00 Live at BT Sport
Lyon cruised to a fifth successive victory last weekend when they cruised to a 3-0 home success over minnows Amiens. Les Gones’ recent run has been made to look all the more impressive as they’ve been without the outstanding Nabil Fekir.
That was until Saturday when the mercurial French international returned from injury for a 12-minute cameo. Already a goal up, OL grabbed two more to confirm their victory although Fekir appeared decidedly rusty.
Head coach Bruno Genesio said he was delighted to have his talisman back in the squad but also admitted it presents him with an interesting tactical conundrum. If Fekir can plicate the form he showed earlier in the season, Genesio must find a way to combine his captain in the side alongside in-form Memphis Depay.
Without Fekir, the Dutchman has come into his own of late. Depay scored and created another last weekend, that performance arriving on the back of a stunning display seven days earlier when the former Manchester United man created three of Lyon’s four goals, netting the other.
Naturally, there are worries now about how the pair will play together given that both seem to only be at their best as the sole focal point of the attack. However, Genesio’s confident he can find a way to get the best out of both players whilst they’re both on the pitch and that should excite Les Gones supporters.
The first opportunity to see such a set-up arrives on Friday night when OL bid to strengthen their hold on third place – and Champions League qualification – when they face a tough test away to Dijon. With Marseille entering the weekend level on points with Lyon, a slip-up could prove pivotal.
When traveling to teams outside of the top-two, Les Gones have W10-D4-L1. But rather than trust OL at the Stade Gaston Gerard – a venue where Dijon have lost just once in 11 – a safer play should be to support a goal-heavy game.
Goals on the agenda
All but three of those 15 aforementioned Lyon fixtures has featured Over 2.5 Goals and it’s telling that Genesio’s group has conceded in all but two of their past 10 road trips. Indeed, both sides have scored in eight of those encounters and so with OL striking at least twice in 13 of 17 away days, a repeat looms.
What’s more, Dijon tends to be excellent operators for goal-hungry punters. The Mustards may have been beaten here by PSG, Monaco, and Marseille – Lyon’s top-four rivals – but they did manage to score in all three games with a handsome average of 3.67 goals-per-game in that small sample.
In fact, the hosts have found the back of the net in all but one of their 16 outings at the Stade Gaston Gerard. And with seven of their nine when welcoming top-half clubs here all producing at least three goals, supporting Over 3 Goals at 1.850 appeals when Lyon pitch up on Friday evening.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3 Goals at 1.850