Brest-OL: An expected reaction (9 p.m., Canal + Sport)
After three consecutive matches at Groupama Stadium, the Lyonnais will be on the road as they will make two trips to Brittany from the Bouches du Rhône. For Memphis and his teammates, who have been almost perfect on their travels, outside, the trip to Brest is an opportunity to forget their tough loss to Montpellier, and to remind everyone in the squad that it will be necessary to count on them to give everything until the end of the season. But caution must be in order against a Brest side who are well on their way to keeping their top flight status and are currently in good form and who had previously drawn with OL in the reverse fixture (2-2) at the Groupama Stadium.
Last week's defeat caused Les Gones to drop a place, and they now sit third in the league. However, after draws by Lille and Monaco, the top four is more closely grouped than ever. All the teams are now within six points, and OL are only two and three points behind PSG and LOSC. While the Parisians and Monegasques will face off in the weekend's biggest match, Lille will head to Lorient. The promoted side are undefeated in their last five matches and notably drew against Monaco, two weeks after beating PSG. So none of the top four can look forward to an easy match, including Rudi Garcia's side, who will open this round of the league season and could even put a little pressure on their direct rivals with a victory.
Olivier Dall’Oglio's side will be a tough opponent, contrary to what their place in the table might suggest. With almost the same number of points as they had last season at the same point, Brest are still on course to stay up. And those results are in large part due to the strength of the Bretons at home where they have the fifth-best record in Ligue 1. OL will thus have to be particularly wary of this team which has not lost in its last three league matches -- three matches which have coincided with three starts for Jean Lucas. The Lyon player, loaned to Brest without an option to buy this winter, has found playing time in Brittany, and has been successful with his new team. The Brazilian will not be able to play in this match, however, due to the terms of the loan agreement between OL and Brest. This is more good news for Rudi Garcia and his side, who already know very well how difficult this team can be to play against.