FC Nantes is hosting Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de la Beaujoire in round 4 of the French Ligue 1. Nantes has been hot and cold so far this season, but they are cold at the moment. Lyon is struggling massively at the start of this season, and they are still without a win.
Nantes has scored 3 goals so far this season while conceding 2 goals, and they have 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 draw. with 4 points, Nantes is now in 9th place in the Ligue 1 standings. Kolo, Castelletto, and Blas have each scored 1 goal for Nantes so far. Simon has added 3 assists. Coulibaly, Cyprien, Limbombe, and Kolo are all injured for Nantes. In their last game against Rennais, Nantes has had only 38% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 75% of the correct passes. Nantes was bad in the attacking end in this game, and considering the pressure they were under in this match, the result could have been a lot worse if their defense wasn’t playing well. Nantes has lost this match 1-0. After ending last season in 18th place, Nantes has barely avoided the relegation zone, and they would certainly like this season to be a little easier.
After losing Memphis Depay this offseason, Lyon is struggling massively, and they are winless in their last 6 games. As far as their 3 Ligue 1 games go, Lyon has 2 draws and 1 loss, they have conceded 7 goals while scoring 4 goals. Lyon is now in a low 16th place with only 2 points. Dembele has scored 2 goals for Lyon so far, while Slimani and Paqueta added 1 goal each. In their last game against Clermont, Lyon has had 55% of ball possession, 9 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 6 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. Offensively, Lyon was solid, but their defense has failed once again. Lyon was leading 3-1 in the first half, but they conceded 2 unanswered goals in the second half, and this game has ended in a 3-3 draw. the good news for Lyon is they signed Shaqiri earlier this week, and he will give them more offensive options. Reine-Adelaide is injured, while Slimani and Cornet are suspended because of the yellow cards. Lyon must wake up soon if they want to get back in the Champions League run, but I suspect this will be a tough season for them.
The trends are heavily on Lyon’s side in this matchup, and they are the better team here, and I think it’s time for them to get their first win here. I’m taking Lyon on the road.