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ASSE-OL: Get back in the game (9 PM, Téléfoot)

Published on 23 January 2021 at 6:00 AM
ASSE - OL : le derby pour relever la tête (21h, Téléfoot)
Olympique Lyonnais head to the Stade Geoffroy Guichard for Matchday 21 in Ligue 1. A week after suffering their first defeat in 16 league games, this derby is the perfect opportunity to get things going again.

The context

The run iso over. Unbeaten at home and in 16 games, OL lost to Metz on the last matchday and lost top spot in the process. This loss shouldn't  cast doubt on the work done by Lyon so far, but it is a reminder that the league remains very long and that the margin for error is very low if the club is to achieve its goals. But what better way than a derby to forget about that disappointing moment and start over? Before such a match, the Lyon squad will undoubtedly be determined to beat their neighbor and bring back a smile to all of their fans.

 

 

The challenge

Still within reach of first place, Rudi Garcia's men can take over top spot in Ligue 1 in the event a victory and favorable results elsewhere. By welcoming Montpellier to start the matchday, PSG are perhaps the best off of Lyon's competitors, because Lille head to Rennes while Monaco host Marseille. But before thinking about the results of the other teams, OL must think of their own match, because in the derby, victory is the only option and three points would be, no matter what, an excellent result to consolidate their place in the top three and edge closer to a places in the Champions League come the end of the season.

 

The opponent

Saint-Etienne also lost their last match, and their last win was five matchdays ago -- Les Stéphanois are looking for a first win at home since September 12, 2020, the second matchday of Ligue 1. Four points ahead of the relegation playoff place, ASSE are looking behind them more than at those teams who are ahead of them. But as everyone knows, the derby is a match all its own and the table and current form are rarely reliable indicators for predicting the outcome of the match. Despite Saint-Etienne's squad being decimated by COVID-19 and surely lacking many players this Sunday, OL obviously cannot afford to take this match for granted and will have to show unwavering concentration to leave "The Cauldron" with three points.

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