Friday 17 Aug

Reims vs Lyon - Match Preview

16 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

Stade Reims

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
17 August 2018

Olympique Lyon

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 17 August 2018

Each Ligue 1 team has played one game after the 2018/19 season kicked off last week. The second week of fixtures starts on Friday evening as Lyon travel to Stade Reims as both side look to build on opening day wins.

STATS

  • Stade Reims were brilliant last term in Ligue 2 as they romped to the league title by 15 points which secured them a place in the French top-flight. They started the new campaign in the perfect way as they managed to take all three points in a tough match away at OGC Nice with a 1-0 win. This came after they won three of their seven friendlies during pre-season.
  • Lyon had a strong season last year as they finished 3rd in the league just two points behind runners-up Monaco. The new campaign started well for the French giants as they beat Amiens at home with a 2-0 victory. Like their opponents, they won three of a possible seven pre-season fixtures, their last friendly saw them lose on penalties to Chelsea following a goalless draw.
  • Moussa Doumbia was on hand to score the winner against Nice in their opening game despite his side only having five shots throughout the game.
  • Lyon’s two goals against Amiens were scored by two of last season’s best players: Bertrand Traore and Memphis Depay.

HEAD TO HEAD

With Reims spending the last two years in Ligue 2, it’s been a while since their last meeting. Their last one, in May 2016 brought a huge shock as Lyon were beaten 4-1 following the earlier fixture in the season that finished 1-0 to Lyon. Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings and none of the previous eight have finished as draws.

REIMS NEWS

Another win for Reims would be huge in their bid for survival this term but they’re up against it playing against some big sides. They have no injuries heading into the clash.

Latest matches: Stade Reims

11.08.2018 Ligu OGC Nice Stade Reims 0:1 W
04.08.2018 Club Stade Reims Dijon FCO 2:1 W
31.07.2018 Club Stade Reims EA Guingamp 1:4 L
21.07.2018 Club Cercle Brugge KSV Stade Reims 1:2 W
14.07.2018 Club Lille OSC Stade Reims 2:4 W

LYON NEWS

It would be a big early season problem for the Champions League side if they fail to beat one of the promoted teams in their second game. Anthony Lopes is suspended between the sticks and Fernando Marcal is injured but other than that, they go into it unscathed.

Latest matches: Olympique Lyon

12.08.2018 Ligu Olympique Lyon SC Amiens 2:0 W
07.08.2018 Inte Chelsea FC Olympique Lyon 5:4 L
04.08.2018 Inte Inter Milan Olympique Lyon 1:0 L
01.08.2018 Inte Benfica Lisbon Olympique Lyon 2:3 W
28.07.2018 Club Olympique Lyon VfL Wolfsburg 2:1 W

SUMMARY

Lyon are undoubtedly big favourites heading into this one but Reims have already showed that they can overcome French top-flight regulars. The game is expected to see over 2.5 goals with Lyon more than likely to come out as winners.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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