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Lyon vs Ajaccio Prediction 5 August 2022

Lyon vs Ajaccio Prediction 5 August 2022

Lyon take on the visitors Ajaccio in the round 1 match of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Friday, August 5th at Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon).

Lyon unquestionably dominated French football at the turn of the century. But the last championship title was taken back in 2008, and the cup - in 2012. In 2019, the “weavers” finished in the top three for the last time. Last season, instead of rising to the Champions League zone, the ambitious team fell to the shameful 8th place. They were also penalized with a point for the behavior of the fans. Although the rage of the fans is understandable. It is even strange that at the same time Jean-Michel Ola did not part with Peter Bos. Moreover, the Dutchman received some curious newcomers. Obviously for him the club acquired Tagliafico from Ajax. Also managed to sign Lacazette, Tolisso and Riou, all coming as free agents. And more than 4 million to Caen for the 19-year-old Lepenan is not only an investment in the future, it must be played slowly. As a result, Lyon did not extend the loan to Ndombele, sold Dubois and released Denayer.

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Ajaccio will try themselves in Ligue 1. The representative of Corsica made it to the elite division as a silver medalist of the 2nd League of France. In principle, we can talk about some qualities of a "football lift", because this is not the first such attempt for the "bears". But for the elite level, they are rather weak. Let's see how Olivier Pantaloni prepared the team this time. Potentially, it is he who has the weakest line-up of all the teams, who also suffered a few losses in the offseason - let's single out Kalula, who is already in Lorient. Moreover, the midfielder left without compensation, a free agent. So far, 300 thousand have been scraped together for newcomers - Mayembo was signed for this amount, which should become a stronghold of defense. However, they signed Amum, Clement Vidal and Mangani, who were without a contract, with Alphonse, so we can potentially talk about a certain strengthening.

In February last year, the clubs played each other for the first time after a long pause. Then, in the cup, Lyon won without any problems. They scored 5 goals against the opponent at home, conceding only once in return. Bookmakers are confident that the grand will start with a win. They play at home, and you just need to not underestimate the newcomer to the division. We bet on Lyon with a handicap of "-1 goal".

Prediction for the match: Lyon to win with -1.0 handicap.

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Dylan McLaughlin
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