Lyon vs Caen - Hosts tipped to cruise in Ligue 1 clash

Lyon’s Champions League hopes to receive a boost against Caen
Lyon vs Caen
Lyon look set to take advantage of Caen's poor away record in Ligue 1 clash (Getty Images)

Lyon vs Caen Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Lyon should be too strong for Caen when they welcome the French Ligue 1 strugglers to the Groupama Stadium on Saturday. Les Gones are attempting to secure Champions League football for next season and have won three of their last four matches.

A -1 handicap is recommended at odds of 1.61 as the hosts are expected to claim a comfortable victory.

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Lyon were impressive in their previous Ligue 1 outing as they claimed a 3-0 victory at Marseille. Maxwell Cornet netted a brace while Moussa Dembele was also on target as they strengthened their hold on third position.

The result means Les Gones now hold a four-point lead in third spot and can secure a UEFA Champions League finish with a win on Saturday. Having won three of their last four matches, Bruno Genesio's men are priced at 1.20 to claim another victory but given their penchant for scoring goals at home, a -1 handicap bet offers more value at 1.61.

Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score at Marseille and should return to the starting lineup on Saturday. The Frenchman is a popular choice in the goalscorers market for Lyon having scored 14 Ligue 1 goals this season.

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Lyon have won three of their last four matches and are closing in on a UEFA Champions League spot (Getty Images)

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Caen are coming off a victory in their last Ligue 1 fixture as they defeated Reims 3-2 at home. Casimir Ninga opened the scoring while further goals from Faycal Fajr and Frederic Guilbert were enough to earn them the win despite a late effort from the visitors.

Fabien Mercadal's team are in the relegation playoff place, two points above Dijon in 19th. They have struggled on their travels with just two wins in their last 15 away matches. Their poor form on the road has them at odds of 11.00 to win on Saturday while a draw is priced at 7.00.

Caen have been hampered by a lack of goals for much of the season as they have one of the poorest attacks in Ligue 1. They have no player in double figures this term with top scorer Ninga finding the net just six times.

Lyon vs Caen Head to Head


Lyon have a 15-8 edge with four draws from 27 previous matches against Caen. Les Gones have won six of the last 9 meetings and triumphed 3-1 when both teams met in the Coupe de France back in February.

Lyon vs Caen Match Up


Lyon are known for their attacking prowess with Dembele, Memphis Depay and Nabil Fekir all impressing this season. All three men often combine well in attack and should have too much for a shaky Caen defence.

In contrast, Caen have struggled in attack lately with top scorer Ninga finding the net once in his last six matches. With main striker Malik Tchokounte also without a goal this season, they are expected to find things difficult at the Groupama Stadium.

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Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is likely to be the key man for the hosts (Getty Images)

Lyon vs Caen Key Statistics


  • Lyon have won 3 of their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).
  • Lyon have won 6 of their last 9 matches against Caen (all competitions).
  • Caen have lost their last 5 away matches against Lyon (all competitions).

Verdict


Lyon go into Saturday's clash fresh from their big win over Marseille and knowing a win against Caen will secure Champions League qualification. 

They are unbeaten against Caen this season and with the visitors struggling on the road in recent matches, a comfortable Lyon win is expected.

Best Bet: Lyon -1 Handicap @ 1.61 at bet365 – 5 Units
Correct Score Tip: Lyon Win 2-0 @ 7.50 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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