Olympique Lyonnais vs. OGC Nice 5/23/21 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Olympique Lyonnais vs. OGC Nice
May 23, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -400, Under 2.5 +300
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Olympique Lyonnais is welcoming OGC Nice to Groupama Stadium in round 38 in the French Ligue 1.

Lyon is now on a 3-game winning streak, and thanks to that, they are still in the Champions League hunt. Lyon is now in 4th place with 76 points, 79 scored goals, and 40 conceded goals, and they are only 1 point away from Monaco in 3rd place. During this 3-game winning streak, Lyon has scored impressive 12 goals while conceding 5 goals, and they can be lucky their offense has awakened. Depay is the leading goalscorer for Lyon with 20 goals and 9 assists, while Ekambi added 12 goals and 7 assists. The bad news for Lyon is that Depay will be leaving the club this summer, and Barcelona is his most likely destination. Kadewere is the only injured player for Lyon. In their last game in Ligue 1 against Nimes on the road, Lyon has had 58% of ball possession, massive 13 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a decent 84% of the correct passes. Even though they conceded a goal in the 5th minute, Lyon has scored 4 goals until the 55th minute, and they have won this game 2-5. Lyon has had such a good period this season where they were at the top and likely to win the title, but they lost focus for a while, and now even their Champions League ambitions are in question.

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Nice has secured their Ligue 1 spot a while ago, and since they can’t reach the Conference League anymore, the season is basically over for Nice. With 49 points, Nice is in 9th place, and that is where they belong. Nice is in solid form at the moment, and they have lost only 3 of their last 9 games. In their last game against Strasbourg at home, Nice has had 72% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 90% of the correct passes. Despite being dominant in possession, Nice wasn’t able to score a goal, but they have conceded 2 goals. Nice has lost this match 0-2. Gouiri is the leading goalscorer for Nice with 12 goals and 7 assists. The injury list in Nice is long, and if they were able to stay healthy for a bigger part of the season, they might have been on the Europa League competition. Overall, a decent season for Nice, and I know they expected to be in the Europa League run, but with all the troubles they have been through this season, this is a good result for them.

Lyon is in great form, at least in the great goalscoring form. Lyon needs a win here if they want to hope for the Champions League, and I think they will get it. I’m taking Lyon and the goals in this one.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick:
Lyon and over 3.5 -110

Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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