Lyon hosts St. Etienne in round 22 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Friday, January 21st at Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon)
In the last round, Lyon finally earned three points. The men of Peter Bosz were stronger than Troyes (0-1). The victory was gained with great difficulties, and Moussa Dembele scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot. However, Lyon is still very low in the standings, namely, on the 11th line. After 20 rounds, the Kids have 28 points in their assets. However, they have one game in hand. If Lyon manages to earn three points in the postponed match, it will immediately appear in the top ten. In the current season, the Kids too often share points with their opponents (eight draws). And these opponents often take points from Parc Olympique Lyonnais. All the home results are as follows: four victories, five draws, and one defeat with a goal difference of 18-12. On average, three goals are scored per one home game.
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Nothing changes for Saint-Etienne. The team continues to lose to everyone. In the last round, the Greens suffered another defeat from Lens (1-2). It was the 6th defeat in a row and the 12th in the current season. Naturally, St. Etienne is at the very bottom of the standings. The Greens have only 12 points in their assets. However, the backlog from the saving 17th line is six points. The Greens have problems both in creating attacks and defending their penalty area. The goal difference is 18- 42. Of course, away statistics are also not impressive. St. Etienne earned only five points in nine away games (one victory, two draws, and six defeats with a goal difference of 7-19).
The upcoming Derby Rhone-Alpes will be the 126th in the history of head-to-head confrontations. At the moment, each of the teams has 45 victories. In the first round of the current season, Lyon and Saint-Etienne could not determine the winner (1-1). It is unlikely that now the derby will be really hot. Both teams are going through hard times, and therefore the most important thing for them is not to show beautiful football, but to earn three points. Yes, Lyon does not look very good this season, but it is doing definitely better than Saint-Etienne. Definitely, I expect to see a victory from the hosts. It is unlikely that it will be bright, but I repeat that the most important thing is to earn three points and climb higher in the standings.