OL, PSG face off with D1 Féminine title on the line
The last international break of the season, which saw OL and PSG players representing their national teams, ended this week. Now, both clubs are fully focused on the final stretch of the campaign. Still in the running for the Women's Champions League and the Coupe de France, Lyon host PSG Saturday night at Groupama Stadium in a game that could very well decide D1 Féminine as well. Reynald Pedros and company are also looking to make amends after last weekend's 1-1 draw at Fleury, which made this showdown with Paris all the more decisive.
It's a classic matchup of first versus second place. Two teams with the same number of points (53) in as many matches played (19), with only goal difference (+71 for OL versus +47 for PSG) giving Lyon the advantage. For OL, the thirst for trophies is still great, especially the desire to win their 13th consecutive D1 title. For Paris, OL's main domestic rival in recent years, it's all about winning their first league championship.
Last season's Coupe de France champions, after a controversial 1-0 win over OL in the final, Paris Saint-Germain were unable to repeat their success in the current edition of the tournament after being eliminated in the Round of 16 by - who else- Lyon. Their Women's Champions League campaign also came to a heartbreaking end in the quarterfinals against Chelsea, so Olivier Echouafni's squad is entirely focused on the French championship at this point. But the tall task of getting a positive result at Groupama Stadium awaits them if they intend on lifting their first league title. That said, PSG have the better overall recent record in the D1, winning their last five matches, while OL are coming off a frustrating draw at Fleury (1-1).
WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT
In the team's last outing, at Fleury, Reynald Pedros chose to rest two players, who were then called by their national teams: Lucy Bronze and Jessica Fishlock. For Saturday's showdown with PSG, there's no doubt that Lyon's coach will have both players in the lineup. The former is, undoubtedly, the best right back in the world, while the latter has become a key part of the squad since arriving during the summer transfer window. Overall, there shouldn't be any surprises in OL's starting formation against Paris, knowing that Izzy Christiansen, who underwent surgery last month, is still out. For the visitors, Olivier Echouafni has allowed himself the luxury of making his squad more effective during the team's recent 3-0 win over Rodez. There are no injuries to report for PSG, who will have all their weapons at their disposal in a clash of the titans with Lyon.