On the back of their Champions League heroics, Lyon will host Rennes in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Lyon Match Form
Lyon faced RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the Champions League as they looked to qualify for the knockout stages. A win against the German side would have proved to be enough, but the game started dreadfully for them. Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner duly converted two penalties for Leipzig. Leipzig led 2-0 at half-time, and things looked bleak. Houssem Aouar made it 2-1 in the second half to give Lyon hope before Memphis Depay equalized. The draw sent Lyon through to the round of 16 of the competition.
It is the second straight season in which Lyon have made the knockout rounds of the competition. Last season they lost to Barcelona at that stage. Coach Rudi Garcia will hope for a better fate this time ahead of the draw on Monday. Lyon finished third in the league last season which has seen them participate in the Champions League. Right now they are seventh in the table, and a repeat performance is looking tough. However, they are still just three points behind Lille in third place, which is the last Champions League place.
The race for Europe is tough this season in France and Lyon need to step up. Their recent form has been encouraging in that respect. Lyon have won three out of their last four league games. Last week they faced Nimes and claimed a comprehensive 4-0 win. Depay scored a brace, as Aouar and Joachim Andersen scored as well.
Rennes Match Form
Rennes are also in the top three race as it stands. They are in fourth place, just a point below Lille in third. Their match against Nimes a couple of weeks ago was postponed, so they have a game in hand over most teams around them. If they can claim the three points in that one, Rennes can potentially jump into third place. Rennes have won their last three league games on the bounce.
Last week they hosted Angers and recorded a 2-1 win. M’Baye Niang got both the goals and Angers’ goal in stoppage time was little more than a consolation. Rennes did not dominate the possession, but they were clinical from their chances. This has been a theme for Rennes this season.
In the last four meetings between the two sides, both have won twice. Lyon won the last encounter by a narrow 1-0 scoreline. However, before that Rennes won twice in a row, by two goals on both occasions. They also met in the cup last season, and Rennes claimed a 3-2 win in that match.
Lyon vs Rennes Betting Tips
It will be a close game, as both sides have been impressive this season. The total goals in this one should be Over 2.5, and neither side is likely to keep a clean sheet. Lyon have one of the best attacks in the league, and they will have the edge to get the three points on the night.