Ligue 1 – Lyon take on Nice

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Friday Ligue 1 action from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, as Lyon take on Nice.

Lyon, currently sitting eighth, host ninth placed Nice on Friday.

With the Ligue 1 season well into its stride, Lyon have managed to gain 20 points

Lyon will be hoping to increase their row, after victories over both Olympique de Marseille and Lille.

Also, Lyon have now lost six of their last nine games, a worrying statistic that has to be addressed by Manager Laurent Blanc. With 20 points (6W, 6L and 2D), they are established in eighth position in the League having won six meetings, drawn two games, and lost six fixtures.

Playing at home, Lyon have won five meetings, drawn one game, and lost one game.

Winning this fixture will see Lyon on 23 points.

Good Attacking Performance

Lyon will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (22). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Alexandre Lacazette (8), Tete (5), and Karl Toko Ekambi (4). Lyon have conceded 17 goals.

Lyon may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Nice’s Ligue 1 season, has so far seen them gain 19 points, going into this game

Brest were beaten 1-0 at Allianz Rivera, the last time that Nice played.

Also, that’s a run of two wins for Nice. With 19 points, they currently sit ninth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 5 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws having won five games, drawn four matches, and lost five fixtures.

Nice’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Lyon. In the 7 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won three meetings, drawn two meetings, and lost two matches.

A win in this fixture, would take Nice’s points from 19 to 22, so far this season.

It is likely that one key players will miss Friday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Lucien Favre and his Nice team.

Lyon v Nice – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Lyon and Nice have faced each other 50 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Lyon’s favour (26 – 13). Additionally, Lyon have tasted victory in ten of the previous 15 fixtures with Nice. The last time they played each other in this competition was February 2022 and the score line ended up with a 2-0 win for Lyon.

Performance Report

For Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette has nettedeight goals in 14 League games so far, while Andy Delort contributed withfive goals in 14 League fixtures this season for Nice.

Other standout players for Lyon are Tete and Karl Toko Ekambi with five goals and four goals respectively and for Nice are Gaetan Laborde and Nicolas Pepe with three goals and three goals respectively.