Sochaux v Lyon Preview

August 13, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredFrench Ligue 1 action Friday night comes from The Stade Auguste-Bonal in Montbéliard and features hosts Sochaux versus Lyon.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on ESPN High Definition, with a scheduled 19:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Sochaux v Lyon Preview, Ligue 1, Friday 16th August 2013

Sochaux didn’t start their new campaign well with only managing a 1-1 draw away against newly promoted Evian TG and coach Eric Hely and his side look likely to struggle this season based on that performance and will certainly be dreading having to play Lyon at this early stage.

Lyon had no such problems in their opening game, a comfortable 4-0 win at home against Nice was enough to send the fans home happy and confident that their side will be up there amongst the top few sides battling it out for the title come next May.

Sochaux v Lyon Team News

Sochaux Team News:

With no major names having joined the club this season and having seen their lack luster display against Evian TG at the weekend it does seem Sochaux are going to be in for a very difficult season. Only two of their current squad have price tags of any note with midfielder Ryad Boudebouz and defender Sebastien Corchia their two most expensive players at around £4 million pounds each.

Only one player currently unavailable for the hosts with midfielder Kalilou Traore still recovering from knee injury and is not expected to return to the squad until around December.

Lyon Team News:

Lyon have an abundance of talent in their squad and with the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis, Maxime Gonalons and Alexandre Lacazette involved they should prove much too strong for Sochaux come Friday night, although it does seem that Gomis could be on his way to Arsenal having not played in that victory at the weekend. Only one player missing for coach Remi Garde with goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre out with cruciate ligament damage until the end of October.

Sochaux v Lyon Head to Head Statistics

31/03/13 LI1 Lyon – Sochaux 1 : 2
11/11/12 LI1 Sochaux – Lyon
1 : 1
24/03/12 LI1 Lyon – Sochaux 2 : 1
06/11/11 LI1 Sochaux – Lyon
2 : 1
12/03/11 LI1 Sochaux – Lyon 0 : 2

Who Has The Advantage?

Friday night’s game will become the 31st meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Sochaux have won 5, Lyon have won 20 and there has been 5 draws. Recent meetings has seen a different story though with Sochaux having won 3 and Lyon having only won 1, the other game finishing all square.

Average Goals Per Game?

89 goals have been scored during the previous 30 matches which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.96 which indicates that we should see at least a couple of goals grace the nets on friday night at the Stade Auguste-Bonal.

Sochaux v Lyon Recent Form

Sochaux: D L D L D

Lyon: W D W W W

Lyon have a huge advantage on recent form having won 4 of their last 5 matches played. Sochaux have yet to win any of their last 5 games played of which they have lost 2.

Sochaux v Lyon Match Betting Odds Market.

Sochaux could only manage a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Evian TG in their opening match last weekend and now up against the power houses of Lyon it shouldn’t come as much surprise to see the online bookmakers offering a best price of 14/5 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers for the hosts to win this one.

The Draw has not been a regular result when these two sides have met previously over the years and nothing really suggests that this game will be any different, but for those that can see this game finishing all square can enjoy a current best price of 12/5 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

Lyon were impressive 4-0 winners in their opening game of the season against Nice and with the additions made to the squad this summer Sochaux are going to be in for a very difficult game indeed, so no shock to see the online bookmakers having the visitors priced up at short odds of 11/10 with Paddy Power – £50 Free Bets for New Customers to win this game.

Sochaux v Lyon Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Lyon were impressive in their opening match last weekend and with Sochaux having struggled against newly promoted Evian TG, this can only go one way in my opinion, despite Lyon not having a very good record at the Stade Auguste-Bonal and the price for an away win does seem the value play here at odds against.

The goal stats also suggest this game will see at least a couple of goals go in on friday night, so the goals market and anytime goalscorers markets also look appealing and with Alexandre Lacazetti having scored a brace against Nice in their opening game last weekend, he could also prove a bit of value to be on here.

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