Coupe de France PSG - Lyon
Four weeks ago today, these two clubs met here in Paris in the Coupe de la Ligue and I liked the chances of both teams scoring in a PSG win , I also spoke about the additional motivation that the hosts had in games against the team who preceded them as the number one club in France .
PSG won that 2-1 and opponents have scored in four of their last five home wins and they are also coming off a 2-1 road win at Marseille at the weekend. That we can bet the same outcome at even bigger odds than for last month's meeting just seems very wrong and looks far and away the best value on offer this evening. Lyon are now just three points off Champions League pace, but do have have five teams above them and cannot catch one of them ( probably two) and it looks increasing like a case of the "pack" battling for one remaining place. Lyon are the "name" team amongst those and the one with all the experience, so will fancy their chances over 13 rounds, but they host a direct rival on Sunday and will have to play with that in mind this evening. This is the first of four home games inside 11 days for PSG , with Chelsea visiting in the Champions League next midweek, but they will be up for this and if they are to ease off a little it will surely be in the weekend fixture, Laurent Blanc has named his strongest available squad, only change from the group which travelled to Marseille is the omission of Javier Pastore, but he has hardly played at all this season.
OL will arrive with a little bit of swagger and self belief, they held out until quite late in the most recent h2h meeting and are coming off back to back 3-0 wins, the last of which came on the road to highflying Angers, who had only conceded four in their previous 12 home starts. Lyon have scored on their last four visits here and have every chance of doing so again, will that be enough to get a result ? I very much doubt it !
PSG : Sirigu, Douchez, Aurier, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, David Luiz, Thiago Motta, Stambouli, Rabiot, Matuidi, Ongenda, Nkunku, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Augustin, Lucas, Di Maria.
Lyon : Lopes, Gorgelin, Bedimo, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel, Koné, Jallet, Umtiti, Darder, Ferri, Gonalons, Grenier, Tolisso, Labidi, Ghezzal, Valbuena, Lacazette, Cornet.
PSG to win and both teams to score 2.75-2.90 general quote