Steffen Schmidt - December 30, 2022
Lyon vs Clermont Foot
French Ligue 1
Date: 1 January 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Groupama Stadium (Decines-Charpieu).
Lyon picked up an important victory away at Brest on the return to Ligue 1 football on Wednesday evening.
Head coach Laurent Blanc was thrilled to see his men bagging four goals on the occasion as four different players added their names to the scoresheet in mid-week.
The team’s top scorer Alexander Lacazette was among them, taking his league tally to double-digits after successfully converting the first-half penalty.
Lyon still have a long way to go before joining the battle for the European positions. They are currently 8th in the league standings with seven points between them and the third-placed Rennes.
However, this was a bright restart for Laurent Blanc and his troops who will get a great chance to begin the year with a victory as they play host to struggling Clermont Foot on Sunday afternoon at Groupama Stadium.
Clermont got off to a fine start to the 2022/23 campaign but their form has seen a massive slide in the last couple of months.
They have continued the free fall on Wednesday afternoon, falling 0-2 on the home patch to Lille. Pascal Gastien’s squad did very little to threaten the rivaling goal on the occasion.
These two sides are on two completely opposite rhythms going into this one. Lyon have just bagged four goals in the road win over Brest, while Clermont Foot failed to find the back of the net in three consecutive outings, including the friendlies against Real Valladolid and Sochaux.
We can only back Lyon to win by two or more goals at the 2.05 odds, while we also like their top scorer and penalty-taker Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime on Sunday at the 2.20 odds.
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