Lyon v Reims Preview

August 22, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredFrench Ligue 1 action Saturday night comes from The Stade de Gerland and features Olympique Lyonnais playing host against Reims.

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 19:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Lyon v Reims Preview, Ligue 1, Saturday 24th August 2013

Lyon have started their new season in excellent fashion winning both of their opening games, 4-0 against Nice and 1-3 away against Sochaux, but coach Remi Garde’s side were brought back down to earth with a bit of a bang midweek in the Champions League qualification match in which they were comfortably beaten 0-2 by Real Sociedad in front of their fans at the Stade de Gerland.

Reims didn’t have the best of starts to their new campaign, a 2-1 defeat away against Rennes left the fans extremely disappointed, but coach Hubert Fournier’s side bounced back in their next game at home, securing a 2-1 victory against Lille and that result will surely have restored the confidence for both fans and players as they prepare for this difficult looking game on Saturday night.

Lyon v Reims Team News

Lyon Team News:

Coach Remi Garde will be without the services of defender Samuel Umtiti due to suspension and both Rachid Ghezzal and Remy Vercoutre are still recovering from respective injuries. However, other than these three players Remi Garde has a full squad of players to choose his starting lineup from which looks likely to include Alexandre Lacazette and Yoann Gourcuff who between them have scored 5 times in the opening two games.

Reims Team News:

Coach Hubert Fournier has also got some injury concerns to deal with in his squad with Gaetan Charbonnier, Franck Signorino, Floyd Ayite, Florent Ghisolfi and Diego Rodrigues all unavailable as they continue to receive treatment for respective injuries. Midfielders Grzegorz Krychowiak and Antoine Deveaux are Reims most expensive players and both look likely to be involved from the start for this game.

Lyon v Reims Head to Head Statistics

07/04/13 LI1 Reims – Lyon 1 : 0
18/11/12 LI1 Lyon – Reims 3 : 0

Who Has The Advantage?

Only 2 previous encounters before between these two clubs which came last season with Lyon winning their home fixture 3-0 and then the reverse fixture played at The Stade Auguste-Delaune II seeing Reims winning 1-0.

With both sides having won a game each from the previous 2 played, neither side has any advantage on the head to head stats heading into this game.

Average Goals Per Game?

4 goals have been scored during the previous 2 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.00 which suggests this game might only see one or two goals scored come Saturday night.

Lyon v Reims Recent Form

Lyon: W W W W L

Reims: L D D L W

Lyon have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics, having won 4 of their last 5 matches played. Reims have struggled during their last 5 games played, managing to win just 1 and losing 2.

Lyon v Reims Match Betting Odds Market.

Lyon have comfortably won their opening two games of the new season and now with home advantage I would expect that trend to continue on Saturday night, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers having the hosts as the clear odds on favourites to win this game at a current best price of 3/5 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw has yet to happen when these two sides have met each other in the past and given the difference in the two sets of squads, it does look an unlikely outcome, but with a current best price of 3/1 with Betfred – £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers, I can see some punters having a nibble as their saver option.

Reims are not expect by anyone to win this game and the online bookmakers seem to agree having the visitors priced up at huge odds of 6/1 with Paddy Power – £50 Free Bets for New Customers, and despite winning last weekend against Lille, this does seem an impossible task for coach Hubert Fournier’s side.

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

Lyon have been extremely impressive in their opening two games of the season and I can’t see that midweek defeat against Real Sociedad having any impact of the outcome of this game Saturday night and although their price is a bit on the short side, I can certainly see some big hitter punters getting on Lyon to make it three wins from three.

There is not much data to go from either with the two clubs having only played each other on two separate occasions, so the Asian Handicap, Half Time/Full Time and Goal Scorer Markets look the best place to look at for this game in search of some value.

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