Match Preview: Lyon v PSG

Lyon v PSG, Ligue 1, April 24, 2009

As the Ligue 1 title race vies with the German Bundesliga to be the most exciting in Europe, the clash between Lyon and PSG is one of two games in France this weekend, alongside Lille v Marseille, that is well worth watching.

Lyon are reeling from a major defeat last weekend to Bordeaux and need to regroup quickly if they are to get their title hopes and Champions League ambitions back on track. OL are now in third position, four points behind leaders Marseille and find themselves in real danger of neither reclaiming their title or playing in the premier competition in Europe next season.

A home defeat on Friday night for Lyon (PSG are priced at 15/4 to win) would see the champions of the last seven years potentially cast seven points adrift from the top spot. And the reigning champions have reason to be worried as PSG come into this match in fine fettle. The Parisians hold fourth position in the league, a point behind their hosts and since their 4-1 defeat to Toulouse a month ago they have remained undefeated. Should one of the top three slip up, PSG could well end the season in a Champions League position or even as shock Ligue 1 winners.

(Marseille, at 6/5, remain the bookies’ favourites to win Ligue 1, with Bordeaux (7/4), Lyon (10/3) and PSG (12/1) al playing catch up.)

“We have to get our confidence back by winning on Friday. Next year we simply have to be in the Champions League,” said Jeremy Toulalan. “To do that above all we have to protect our third place position. The title race isn’t over but the most important thing for us is to qualify for the Champions League,” added the Lyon midfielder.

So far this season Lyon have dropped 17 points at home, a statistic which explains their poor form compared to recent years. Thankfully for the home side, PSG have not been great away from home either, with four draws and six defeats this season which suggests the team from the capital will have a hard time in the Stade Gerland.

In the previous game between these two teams, PSG won thanks to a single goal from Ludovic Giuly. (A repeat scoreline is priced at 9/1.)

101gg predicts: Lyon 2 – PSG 2 (16/1)

Full match odds here.