Lyon will kick-start the return of domestic football, as they entertain St Etienne on Friday night, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. Lyon currently occupy 4th, and therefore just missing out on that final coveted Champions League position, but it is anticipated they will make up the ground in the coming weeks to climb the table a few extra places. St Etienne have had an impressive start to the season, and are just placed one position lower than their opponents.

Home Team: Lyon

In the Champions League, Lyon look favourites to finish runners-up to Manchester City, and progress to the latter stages of the tournament. They managed to pick up a great win away in Manchester, but have only manage to draw their following three games. Back on home soil, Lyon will be disappointed that they have not been consistent enough to give PSG some sort of challenge for their inevitable title. The low point of Lyon’s season so far was their humbling 5-0 defeat to PSG back in October, but the side have managed 10 points out of a possible 12 since then. Memphis Depay has been instrumental so far this season, scoring 6 goals and obtaining 6 assists. His performances have earned him a regular starting position for his national team, Netherlands, as he has scored for his country against both Germany and France.

Away Team: St Etienne

St Etienne currently sit in 5th place, and have only lost twice all season – to the two teams who are currently in the top two places. St Etienne can be happy with their league position, and it’s largely thanks to their unbeaten home form. However, St Etienne’s biggest concern is their away form, as they have only collected 6 points on the road from a possible 6 games, including just the one win way back in September. Tunisian Wahbi Khazri is the main threat from this St Etienne side, as the former Sunderland player has managed to produce 6 goals this season. Will he be able to produce a big game when his club really needs it?

Head to Head

The team’s head to head records are relatively similar in recent seasons. In the last 10 matches, both clubs have won four matches apiece, and both enjoyed success in their rival’s backyard. St Etienne last won in Lyon in 2014, but have only picked up 2 points from a possible 12 since that victory. In the two meetings last year, Lyon did inflict a 5-0 defeat away from home at St Etienne, which was arguably their best performance of the season. In the reverse fixture, Lyon and St Etienne had to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Lyon are favourites to win this encounter at 4/7. The visitors are priced at 9/2 to get their 2nd away win of the season, and a draw is at 16/5. I’d have to opt for a home win in this match, despite Lyon potentially having an eye on their upcoming midweek game against Manchester City. I would back a narrow home win, so Lyon to win 2-1 at 13/2. The sides have conceded more goals than games so far in this season, so it may be wise to bet on there to be a fair few goals going in. At 11/8, you can back there to be at least 4 goals to be scored in the match. Finally, Memphis Depay is a man to back at the moment, as he is thriving on confidence, so it would be wise to put a cheeky bet on him to score at any time at 11/10.

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