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OL-Nantes: A nice surprise before the holidays? (9 p.m. on Téléfoot)

Published on 22 December 2020 at 6:00 AM
OL - Nantes : Une belle surprise avant les fêtes ? (21h sur Téléfoot)
OL host FC Nantes on Matchday 17 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, their last of in 2020 before the break. In form since mid-October, our Lyonnais will be keen to offer one last good performance but above all to spend their end of year celebrations warm and at the top of the table.

The context

Two derbies won, the fabulous run in the Champions League this summer, a victory in Paris, a rise in the table, an ambitious transfer window this summer ... even if the year was largely unsettled and truncated by the health crisis, it will have offered the people of Lyon their share of strong emotions. Deprived of European play and their fans this season, the club were thrilling during the Final 8 in Lisbon but now dream of moving ahead in 2021 with their team on the podium, ready to meet the challenges it set at the start of the season. For that, to complete this year unlike any other in a beautiful way against Nantes would allow the team to enjoy their vacation with the feeling of a job (very) well done.

 

The challenge

There's no time to procrastinate. Three days after a small setback at home against Brest (2-2), our Lyonnais did not miss the opportunity to pull off a big win against Nice. By feasting on their Côte d'Azur opponent (1-4), they took back control of Ligue 1 alongside Lille, who conceded a draw against PSG (0-0) and still in the lead thanks to their goal difference. But Memphis and his teammates could have a very nice surprise at the end of the year if they win against Nantes on Wednesday. Indeed, at the same time, Lille will make a tough trip to Montpellier where its status as leader will necessarily be in danger, with a Lyon currently on the lookout for the slightest misstep.

 

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The opponent

They are no longer hiding it, Les Canaris have clearly changed their goal near the end of the year. Without a win in their first three matches since the replacement of their former coach by his assistant Patrick Collot, FC Nantes are still languishing in the depths of the table, just a few points from the drop zone. Their draw against Angers (1-1) this weekend did not help in a very tense environment at the Beaujoire. Their lucky equalizer scored in the last second of the game was enough to give Nantes a point but not to end a seven-game streak without a win or the sense of crisis.

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