Lyon take on the visitors Nimes at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in the 10th tour of the Ligue 1 Conforama. The match will be played in the eponymous city Lyon on Friday, October 19th.
Lyon have been unable to win for three fixtures in a row now. First, they have drawn against Nantes in their local league. Then, they have been very lucky to draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture losing with a 0-2 score by the 70th minute of that game. Finally, Les Gones have been destroyed by Paris Saint-Germain on the away side. Now they will have to face the new team in the Ligue 1 Conforama which is Nimes. The team of Bruno Genesio needs to move higher in the table desperately. They are on the sixth place at the moment. Also, it will be a mental bonus for the hosting side before their important game against Hoffenheim in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. That fixture will happen four days after their league game against Nimes. In their last three matches overall Lyon lost to Paris Saint-Germain with a 0-5 score, drew against Shakhtar Donetsk in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture and against Nantes with a 1-1 score.
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Some time ago Nimes were struggling in the lower French divisions and had a scandal connected to the fixed results. There were different stories with their president and the whole club being disqualified before. However, now Les Crocodiles are back to the most prestigious French football league. Their return has been quite solid so far, they have been able to beat Marseille and Angers in their two starting league fixtures in the season. After those victories though the team started to look weaker, they got two draws and three losses. In their last two fixtures the team of Bernard Blaquart got one draw and one loss. Thereby they are on the fourteenth place in the table now. Quite frankly, Les Crocodiles have a small chance of winning the upcoming game. In their last three matches Nimes drew against Reims with a 0-0 score, lost to Montpellier with a 0-3 score and drew against Guingamp with a 0-0 score.
Lyon will have to go to Germany for their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. They need to beat Nimes in front of their home crowd desperately after their failing streak and the loss to Paris Saint-Germain with a 0-5 score particularly. Judging by the squads of the teams Les Gones are levels above their upcoming opponents. The financial situation in the team of Bruno Genesio is also a lot better than in the team of Bernard Blaquart. For example, such players as Bertrand Traore, Jason Denayer, Moussa Dembele and Tanguy Ndombele cost a half of the overall budget Nimes possess. Lyon are likely to score some goals in the first half of the upcoming match already. This will allow the hosting side to save some energy for their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against Hoffenheim. In the second half on Friday Bruno Genesio will most likely swap some key players with the reserve ones to give some rest to the leaders of the team. Interestingly, in two of their three home games in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Conforama season Lyon won both first half and the second half. It is likely that the same thing will happen on Friday too.
Prediction for the match: Lyon to win the first half and the whole match.