Stade Reims vs Olympique Lyon
France – Ligue 1
Date: Friday, 17 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims.
Reims got off to a dream start to their elite class campaign beating Nice 0-1 away at Allianz Riviera on the opening day of the new season.
David Guion’s troops held on to an early lead in spite of the fact La Paillade dominated the pitch throughout 90 minutes of play. It was the left winger Moussa Doumbia who made the difference netting a 2nd minute goal.
Can Reims back up such result and stay unbeaten in front of the home crowd when they host Lyon on Friday evening?
Les Gones, who managed to book a top-three spot last year and earn their place in the Champions League, are once again main candidates for the second-place battle.
They started off in a decent fashion, beating Amiens SC 2-0 at Groupama Stadium thanks to goals from Bertrand Traore and Memphis Depay.
Nabil Fekir was not in the squad at all and he is expected to skip the Reims clash as well.
Reims vs Lyon: Head-to-head
- Reims ended the Ligue 1 campaign back in 2015/16 season with a demolishing victory over Lyon (4-1) at home even though they had already been relegated to the lower division.
- It’s Les Gones who lead the head to head tie, though, with six wins to Reims’ three in nine matches.
- The H2H stats in games at Stade Auguste-Delaune II is all tied at two wins for each of the sides in four outings.
Reims vs Lyon: Prediction
Reims were pretty easy to break down in the pre-season, but their defensive line looked quite solid in the maiden official game of the campaign.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to believe they can repeat such showing against a much stronger opposition even though they will play in front of the home crowd.
Bruno Genesio still has a strong attacking potential in his ranks with the likes of Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traore and Mariano Diaz and we expect them to confirm the favourites tag and pick up a victory against the league newcomers here.
The away win will be the main betting option at the 1.66 odds, while you can also back Lyon to score two or more goals on the occasion at the odds of 1.72.
Reims vs Lyon: Bet Tips
Olympique Lyon to win @ 1.66 (2/3)
Olympique Lyon Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.70 (7/10).