Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions
When Laurent Blanc’s team travelled to the Stade Gerland last season the Ligue 1 landscape was much different, as Paris Saint-Germain trailed Olympique Lyonnais by two points. They would ultimately overcome their challengers and now, 12 months later, there are no challengers. Although Lyon go into the weekend in fifth place, just two points off the Champions League places, they are 34 points behind the Parisians.
Regardless of PSG’s dominance this campaign, it can’t mask Lyon’s problems.
Bruno Genesio enjoyed an exciting start to his term in charge, but three wins in his last six games and defeats to Bastia and Lille have shown that OL still have the same inconsistencies that plagued Hubert Fournier before his dismisal. Lyon fans will be delighted to see Nabil Fekir back in training, but with Corentin Tolisso out and Samuel Umtiti, Christophe Jallet, Clement Grenier and Mathieu Valbuena all ruled out – even the most optimistic OL fan would struggle to find positives this weekend.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) February 26, 2016
PSG have FC Nantes’ 32-game unbeaten run in their sights; week 28 puts them five games away from equalling the 1994/95 “one-season” record and a game with Guingamp away from breaking it. Apart from the visit of Monaco in March, this will be one of the biggest tests the club faces on its way to history.
The goalless draw with Lille was washed away with the 4-1 win over Reims and, three games before their huge fixture with Chelsea, Blanc will be going all out for a win.
This is the fifth time these clubs meet this season, and currently the aggregate score is 12-2 – the Coupe de la Ligue game was the closest Lyon came to picking up a result and that was against a weakened PSG XI. History is the only thing really going in Lyon’s favour for Sunday’s game: PSG have only won once in Lyon in the last 10 years, when a Jeremy Menez goal handed the away side the Ligue 1 title. But it’s hard to predict anything but an away victory.