Two sides that will be competing for a European spot in the French top flight this season will clash on Sunday evening. Lyon come into this fixture having won just once in their previous five, and they will desperately need maximum points to close the gap on fifth-placed Marseille.
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It looks set to be another competitive season in France when it comes to the handing out of the European places. Ten points separates the sides sitting second and ninth in the current standings, and both Lille and Lyon will be looking to get involved in the contest for a European finish. The pressure will likely be more on the hosts this weekend, as Lyon has won just five of the 12 games that they have played to this point.
That slow start to the season already means that the French side is currently sitting six points off Marseille in fifth, and ten points off the Champions League places. However, they did at least win for the first time in five games last weekend, as they claimed a 2-1 away victory against Montpellier.
Lille’s position in the current standings is much stronger than Lyon’s, as the former champions sit in sixth and are just one point behind Marseille. Meanwhile, they could move within two points of the Champions League places with a victory on the road this weekend.
Lille has been in strong form over recent weeks, as they have picked up three straight wins in Ligue 1. The most recent of their domestic wins was secured against Monaco in dramatic fashion, with Jonathan Bamba scoring the winner in a 4-3 home victory.
Lyon vs Lille Head to Head
Lille has a fine recent record in this fixture, as they have gone eleven without defeat against Lyon. During that run, they have recorded five away victories, including wins in each of the previous three. This exact fixture was won 1-0 by Lille last season, while a 0-0 draw was played out in Lille.
Lyon vs Lille Prediction
It appears hard to look past the dominant record that Lille has in this fixture, as they have a great away record in recent seasons. Therefore, we could see the visitors picking up an important victory in their race to make the Champions League places this term.
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