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Lyon looks to take second spot in Ligue 1 with victory over Reims

Nabil Fekir Lyon vs Reims Betting Odds Preview Ligue 1 soccer France

Action in France’s Ligue 1 gets back underway this coming weekend, and Friday night action sees Lyon looking to carry on its excellent home form as it hosts an out-of-sorts Reims outfit. While the league title may now be beyond their reach, they are still on course for a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth, and another three points this weekend would go a long way to helping their cause.

SHARK BITES
  • Lyon has lost just one of its last six league encounters.
  • Reims has won just one of its last five Ligue 1 contests.
  • The last nine matches between these two teams have failed to produce a draw.

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Lyon needs all three points

This has been far from a consistent season for Lyon, meaning that any hopes of a title challenge are over long before the winter, but they still have competition for a top-three finish. The likes of Lille, Montpellier and Marseille are all hunting for a Champions League place, and Lyon must ensure that they stay ahead of the chasing pack, starting with this home game against Reims.

Reims sits in the top half of the table but looks to have hit a bump in the road over recent weeks, managing just one win in the last five league encounters. They cannot be relishing a trip to take on one of the strongest sides in the division when they are struggling for both form and confidence.

It is therefore of little surprise to see that it is Lyon that comes into this game as the clear favorite to pick up a much-needed win. You can back the home side to take all three points at just -225, while Reims is out at +500 to do the same. A draw is priced in the middle at +375.

Lyon should win with relative ease

While the league is just picking up again following the winter hiatus, we are expecting Lyon to hit the ground running and collect the points they need. It is of course never easy trying to predict the exact scoreline in any football match, but a comfortable 3-1 win for the home side is priced competitively at +1100 and, given the relative technical strengths of both squads, may well be worth backing.

Such a result would in turn allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game, which is priced short at just -138, as well as both teams to score, which also comes in low at -106. Therefore, in an attempt to increase your winnings from this game, it may be an idea to consider combo betting, which allows you to select multiple outcomes at higher prices.

For example, a combo bet of a Lyon win, coupled with both teams to score, is at the much higher price of +220, while a home victory and OVER 2.5 goals in the game is at +110. OVER 2.5 goals in the game and both teams to score is priced at +130.

Could Lyon make a fast start?

Given their need for the points, as well as home advantage, we are expecting Lyon to start this match at a frenetic pace. For that reason, it could also be worth backing OVER 0.5 goals in the first 10 minutes, which is priced at +300, while Lyon comes in at +550 to be ahead by the end of that time period.

One of Lyon’s weaknesses this season has been its defensive backline, and despite sitting third in the table they are conceding at a rate of over a goal a game. They may therefore have to come from behind to win this game, something they are priced to do at +700.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, however, this is a game that the home side should be dominating. Lyon is priced at just +120 to score in both halves and +240 to actually go out and win both halves.

Consistency must be key to the second half of the campaign for Lyon. It is likely to start on Friday night with three points in front of their own fans.

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