Les Gones were in good form at home at the end of last season and picked up 12 points from their last six Ligue 1 home matches of the 2021/22 season here at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. They also picked up almost two-thirds of their 62 points last season at home. Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Lyon 2-1 Ajaccio and is available at odds of 15/2.
Alternatively, you can bet on any Lyon win at 2/5 against L’ours at home on Friday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £14. Or, back any away win for Ajaccio at 31/5 here at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £72. You can also find odds of 7/2 for any draw between Lyon and Ajaccio on Friday. At these odds, a £10 bet would return £45.
Moussa Dembele is our tip for the first goalscorer in Friday’s match. The Lyon central forward scored 21 goals (or 0.85 per 90) in the French Ligue 1 last season with an expected goals of 22.6 and is 10/3 to be the first name on the score sheet in this match. Or 5/6 to score at any time during Friday’s game.
The Kids welcome Ajaccio to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu on Friday for this Ligue 1 match.
Olympique Lyon finished last Ligue 1 season in 8th place, five points behind OGC Nice in 5th. This saw them miss out on qualification for the UEFA Conference League. Les Gones finished last season on a run of four home wins in a row. This includes their last league match away to Clermont Foot, the final score of which was 1-2.
Alexandre Lacazette is the big-name signing for them this summer. The 31-year-old centre-forward arrives from Arsenal on a free transfer. He rejoins the club five years after moving across the channel for £50m having already netted 100 Ligue 1 goals in his career for Lyon in 203 appearances.
Johann Lepenant, a 19-year-old defensive midfielder, also arrives from SM Caen for £3.83m. While Nicolás Tagliafico, a 29-year-old left-back, arrives from Ajax Amsterdam for £3.78m. Corentin Tolisso, a 27-year-old central midfielder, and Rémy Riou, a 34-year-old goalkeeper, arrive on a free transfer from Bayern Munich and SM Caen respectively.
There has also been a few key departures for Lyon. Emerson, a 27-year-old left-back, and Tanguy Ndombélé, a 25-year-old central midfielder, return to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur after their loan contracts were completed. Léo Dubois, a 27 year old right-back, has also left the club to join Galatasaray for £2.25m.
Rayan Cherki (foot), Sinaly Diomande (ankle), Corentin Tolisso (calf), Maxence Caqueret (ankle), Tete, Houssem Aouar, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Jerome Boateng and Romain Faivre are all doubts for this match. Alexandre Lacazette may also have to delay his second debut as he struggles with an infection. Henrique will also miss the opening game of the season due to a suspension carried over from the previous season.
AC Ajaccio finished last season in 2nd place in Ligue 2. As a result, they were promoted to France’s top tier for the first time since finishing bottom of Ligue 1 in 2014. L’ours finished last season on a run of 10 league games undefeated in Ligue 2. This includes a win in their last league match at home to Toulouse, the final score of which was 1-0.
Clément Vidal is the big name signing for them this summer. The 22-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan here and arrives now on a permanent basis from Montpellier HSC on a free transfer.
Fernand Mayembo, a 26-year-old centre-back, also arrives from AC Le Havre for £270,000. He is the only player for which Ajaccio paid a transfer fee this summer. Thomas Mangani, a 35-year-old central midfielder, Romain Hamouma, a 35-year-old centre-forward, Mickaël Alphonse, a 32-year-old right-back, and Kevin Spadanuda, a 25-year-old left midfielder, have all joined the club on free transfers.
They have lost two key players from the side that earned them promotion last season. Namely Jean-Philippe Krasso, a 24 year old centre-forward, who has returned to AS Saint-Étienne after scoring four goals in 15 games for Ajaccio in Ligue 2 last season. Gédéon Kalulu, a 24-year-old right-back, also leaves the club to join FC Lorient on a free transfer.
Mathieu Coutadeur is L’ours only doubt due to an injury for this match. They otherwise have a full squad to select from for the trip to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.