Lyon ended a run of three matches without a win when they went to Russia and came back with a single-goal victory on Thursday night. That victory has put Bruno Génésio’s men in a good position regarding qualifying for the UEL quarter-finals, though it may hinder them here. After all, Lyon have struggled to put their best foot forward domestically after previous European matches.
Facing Lyon away from home is never easy, but, given the circumstances surrounding this match, Caen may just fancy their chances. Not only did the hosts play in Moscow on Thursday evening, but Caen come into this fixture in fine form, as they’ve won each of their last two.
The last time Lyon played away in Europe, when beating Villarreal by a goal to nil back in February, they struggled to follow up with a similar performance in the league, as they drew 1-1 at home to St. Etienne. In that match the hosts did continue to do well in the final third, though they looked somewhat jaded defensively. On that occasion the visitors were able to profit in the final third and Caen will be looking to do something similar on this occasion.
From a goal-scoring point of view, the visitors come here in good shape, as they’ve notched in each of their last two, scoring three goals in total. Last time out, when scoring twice against Strasbourg, Patrice Garande’s men looked particularly threatening on the break. Keeping this in mind, it’s easy to see them enjoying themselves in this fixture. Lyon will undoubtedly get forward on home soil, so if the visitors can get their tactics right, they should be able to profit on the break.
As anyone who has seen Lyon play in either Ligue 1 or on the continent will know, the hosts are an attack-minded team, one that always looks to get on the front foot. They have players capable of causing any back-line problems, so it’s no surprise that Lyon have scored the third-highest number of goals in Ligue 1 this season. In front of a home crowd, Génésio’s men have rarely failed to get on the score-sheet, as they’ve notched at least once in all but two of their 13 home matches.
Against a Caen side who’ve not exactly thrived on the road of late – the visitors have conceded away at Dijon, Met and St. Etienne in recent times and have looked a bit wobbly from a defensive point of view in doing so – the hosts should be able to do some damage. However, they too have found clean sheets hard to come by, especially at home. The hosts come here having shut their opponents out in none of their last five at Groupama Stadium.
With the hosts likely to be somewhat jaded after their European exploits, it’s easy to see Lyon not quite being at their best on Sunday afternoon. As is often the case, they can continue to do well in the final third, though don’t expect them to do so whilst remaining tight at the back. All things considered, ‘Both Teams to Score’ looks a tad overpriced and, therefore, is worth exploiting.
Head To Head
Lyon have won three of the last five renewals of this fixture, though Caen have not exactly been easy to face in recent renewals, as they’ve won two of the last three meetings. Earlier in the season, Caen won by a goal to nil.
Lyon vs Caen Stats
Lyon have won five of their last seven Ligue 1 games against Caen (L2), after winning none of the previous four (D1 L3).
Lyon have lost only one of their last 15 home games against Caen in the top-flight (W11 D3), in February 2012 (1-2).
Lyon have won none of their last six Ligue 1 games (D3 L3), their longest drought since November-December 2015 (also 6) and the longest current winless run in the top-flight.
Lyon have lost only two of their last 15 home Ligue 1 games (W7 D6): in November 2017 against Lille (1-2) and in February against Rennes (0-2).
Caen have lost only once in their last five Ligue 1 games (W2 D2), at Dijon (0-2) in February, after losing six of the previous eight in the top-flight (W1 D1).
Caen have won only once in their last nine away Ligue 1 games (D2 L6), failing to score six times during this drought.
Lyon have scored 15 goals from outside the box in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team in Europe’s big five leagues.
Lyon have conceded in each of their last seven Ligue 1 games, their longest such run since December 2015-2016 (also 7). Only Lille are currently enduring a longer run without a clean sheet in the top-flight (8).
Mariano has scored three of Lyon’s last six goals in Ligue 1. He has scored in 15 of his 27 Ligue 1 games (16 goals in total).
Enzo Crivelli has scored two goals in his last three Ligue 1 games, as many as in his previous 20.