FC Nantes vs Olympique Lyon / Ligue 1 – The two teams have in common that were semi-finalists of the French Cup and neither reached the final. Nantes defeat was expected but Lyon’s elimination was a surprise. On the other hand Lyon is the third in the French championship and is far more successful than Nantes, which is positioned in the bottom part of table. Nantes is not exactly in danger, while Lyon has less and less chances to overtake Lille at the second place and qualify for the Champions League. Nantes and Lyon drew 1-1 in the first part of season.
FC Nantes vs Olympique Lyon begins 12.04.2019 at 20:45 CET
Nantes will probably stay in the French first division given that it has seven points more than teams in the drop zone, although it played one match fewer. Still, four-game losing streak was the last thing they needed in the finish of season out of which three were suffered in the league. Defeat in the Cup caught them in the semi-finals, however, they faced PSG away so those 3-0 wasn’t too surprising. They also faced 2nd-placed Lille in the league and that defeat also surprised no one, but they should have done better against Reims and Toulouse. They lost to Toulouse 1-0 but we need to bear in mind that Nantes had a player fewer on the pitch for almost entire duration of the match. Girotto, who was sent off then cannot play now.
Probable lineups FC Nantes: Tatarusanu – Pallois, D. Carlos, Ie – Kwateng, Rongier, A. Toure, Moutoussamy, C. Traore – Boschilia, Waris
After elimination from the Champions League Lyon found console in two matches that followed. They won Montpellier and Rennes and six new points raised hope that can ended up at the second place but then they suffered two great disappointments, both times at home. They firstly met Rennes in the Cup’s semi-finals and was logical to expect to win since they won the same team three days ago in the Ligue 1, however, Lyon lost by 3-2 after which came league defeat by Dijon 3-1, which is why we expect several new names in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: A. Lopes – Dubois, Marcelo, Denayer, Marcal – Ndombele, Aouar – B. Traore, Fekir, Depay – Dembele
FC Nantes vs Olympique Lyon PICK
Nantes wants to end series of negative results but Lyon is not exactly an ideal opponent for something like that. The guests too played weakly in two previous matches although their attack plays much better than defence, and consequently we expect to see goals on both sides of the pitch.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.75 at bet365 (down to 1.65 can be played)
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