Lyon take on the visitors Le Havre in the round 5 match of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Sunday, September 17th at Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon)
Lyon's weak start to the season can be attributed to financial problems and a lack of proper preseason preparation. The club's new owner faced financial guarantee issues, which delayed the strengthening of the team. After a 1-4 defeat to PSG, Laurent Blanc distanced himself from such a chaotic project, and Olympique Lyon, with just one point after a round in Ligue 1, is at the bottom of the table. There was also a 1-4 home loss to Montpellier, a 0-0 draw with Nice, and a 1-2 loss to Strasbourg. The defense is a complete nightmare, and we'll see how Gennaro Gattuso addresses the team's issues. After Valencia, he shouldn't be afraid of anything.
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Le Havre have made a lively start in Ligue 1, showing an ability to attack and not rely on their rear guard. Coach Elsner's team operates quite aggressively, and Kuziaev has integrated well into the squad, already scoring two goals. The newcomer to the top French division is rightfully in the middle of the table in 10th place. There was a 2-2 draw with Montpellier, a 1-2 loss to Brest, but a 2-2 draw with Rennes, plus the first victory before the break against Lorient with a resounding 3-0. With Lyon's current form, the visitors certainly have a chance to secure some points.
Lyon are facing colossal difficulties this year for the reasons mentioned above. However, if you were to look for a positive aspect in Lacazette and company's performance, it's present in their attack, while their defense is a real nightmare. Le Havre are more balanced, but as a newcomer to Ligue 1, they concede quite a bit, relying on their attacking actions as well. Both teams have seen Over 2.5 goals scored in 3 out of 4 rounds, so considering their playing styles and defensive issues, this bet has a good chance of success.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.