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OL-Lille: A pivotal duel (9 PM, Canal +)

Published on 24 April 2021 at 6:00 AM
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OL host Lille on Matchday 34 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. With two wins in a row in the league, the Lyonnais have a golden opportunity to move ahead of Lille in the event of further success Sunday evening.

The context

They've given themselves the right to dream, and to keep believing in themselves. Despite their inconsistency within the same match at times, Memphis and his teammates did not tremble last week when it came time to get their hands three points against a Nantes side who are playing for their survival in the top flight. Playing once again in a 4-2-3-1, the Lyon captain, in scoring another brace, showed his team the way, aided by a once again the radiant Lucas Paqueta playing as a number 10, a role that suits him wonderfully. This start to the run in, in the form of two win in a row in the league, has already enabled OL to (re)become a candidate for the most coveted places in the table, fostering the promise of an end to the season that promises to be as uncertain as it is thrilling.

 

The challenge

The race at the top of the table is sure to experience yet another turn this weekend. In addition to the trips on the parts of Paris to Metz and Monaco to Angers, which will hardly be givens, the clash between OL and LOSC to close Matchday 34 is the pick of the weekend as the two contenders square off. While only three points and one goal in goal difference currently separating them, the Lyonnais have their destiny in their hands to take at least second place by facing first the leaders, Lille then following that with a match against the Monegasques, who are a point ahead in third. With two wins, Rudi Garcia's men would have enormous chances of being at least runner-up to PSG come Sunday ,May 2 at 11 p.m.

 

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The opponent

Is this is the best time to square off against Les Dogues? Exemplified by their 1-1 draw against Montpellier, LOSC seem to have slowed down slightly in recent weeks. With eight points taken from their last five matches played, including three during their trip to the Parc des Princes, Christophe Galtier's team have lost ground at the top of Ligue 1. The record could have been even worse without many precious goals scored at the very end of their matches and without their ultra-decisive goalkeeper, Mike Maignan. Although the team may appear weakened, they are in no way beaten and have already proven itself capable of a result at any time -- the Lyonnais must be ready to attack first.

 

 

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