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OL – PSG : The feeling of a big night

Published on 16 November 2019 at 11:39 AM
OL – PSG : le parfum des grands soirs au Groupama Stadium (samedi 17h30)
This Saturday, OL hosts PSG at Groupama Stadium for a long-awaited showdown that pits the top two side in the table against each other. Level on points, Lyon and Paris are separated by goal difference, with a slight advantage for the Rhone club. In front of their fans, Lyon will try to confirm their status as the best team in the country and Europe against a PSG side who dream of doing the same.

THE CONTEXT

As the international break has ended, D1 Arkema's season can resume in full swing. This 9th matchday of the championship will be marked by the duel at the top between OL and PSG at Groupama Stadium. The players of Jean-Luc Vasseur, whose last match in the league was a precious success in Montpellier (0-2), will welcome a Parisian side bent on recovering their lead after their draw at home against Guingamp (1-1). It was a result that suits OL well, allowing them to move past their rival in the standings ahead of this great meeting but it's also a match that the Olympians will approach without their captain, Wendie Renard, suspended after a third yellow card against MHSC.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Already a prestigious affair, this clash between Lyon and Paris is also a major decider in the title race. The two leading sides of French women's football unsurprisingly occupy the top places in the rankings, with a slight advantage in favor of OL in terms of goal difference (22 points but +32 for Lyon and +28 for Paris). Still undefeated this season, the two teams will try to beat the other to occupy the position of leader alone. A win tonight will certainly have an impact on the final outcome of the championship. But history is in favor of OL, winner of the league for the past 13 years; the record of PSG remains devoid of any D1 title.

 

THE OPPONENT

The tears and anger of Marie Antoinette Katoto speak for themselves. In tears at the time of coming off in  the draw conceded by her team against Guingamp (1-1), the Parisian striker had barely exited the pitch when their opponents had leveled the score. And the Breton equalization may have proved her right. This misstep at PSG's Stade Jean Bouin allowed OL to reach the top step of the podium. It is therefore with no small amount of pressure that a result against the best team in Europe is what faces the players of Olivier Echouafni as they go to Lyon.

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