Ligue 1 enters the final five games of the season, with four teams still have a chance to lift the title. Fourth-placed Olympique Lyon can leapfrog league leaders Lille LOSC with a win on Sunday night.
Lyon are in a tightrope with both title and UCL race
Rudi Garcia’s side is out of Coupe de France despite a spirited performance playing with ten men after Sinaly Diomande’s red card against Monaco. The result left Lyon to entirely focus on Ligue 1 until the end of the season.
There is plenty at stake in the remaining part of the season as Lyon can dream of the title despite being placed outside the Champions League spots. Everything could go the right way or crash suddenly, with Lyon facing Monaco after this weekend’s home game against Lille.
Memphis Depay hit form in the crucial part of the season as Lyon need to be at their absolute best to achieve their aim. It’ll be a successful season if they manage to return to the Champions League. It’s their first priority after they slipped to fourth in recent weeks.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Sunday 25th April 2021; the entire game will be available on BT Sport 2.
Lille need to tighten things up to realize a dream title
Lille sit top of Ligue 1 standings with their hope of a second league triumph face a strong challenge from PSG, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyon. They haven’t been at their best since beating PSG to regain the top spot, however.
Lille were lucky to return with all the three points from Metz as Mike Maignan saved a spot-kick in the first half. Turkish internationals Yussuf Yazici and Zeki Celik scored in the second half to gain all the points for Christoph Galtier’s side.
They dropped points against Montpellier last weekend. They were close to losing all three before Brazilian wizard Luis Araujo levelled the game late for the title hopefuls. With a formidable fixture list waiting for Galtier’s men, they need to regain their form to maintain their lead until the final whistle of the season.
Lille have a positive record against top teams this season
Surprisingly all three of Lille’s defeats came against teams currently in the bottom half of the standings. Brest, Angers and Nimes Olympique are the only sides who managed to beat Lille in Ligue 1 this season. The reverse fixture against Lyon ended in a draw with both goals scored in the first half. Lyon played with ten men for most of this game, with Marcelo’s sending off early in the second half.
Lyon & Lille Team News
Djamel Eddine Benlamri is the only certain absentee from Garcia’s side for Sunday’s crunch fixture.
Renato Sanches is a doubt with a muscle injury potentially keeping him out of the game.
A great promotion for Ligue 1
In many ways, this is one of the best seasons for Ligue 1. The title race is already kicking in, but the remaining games would pit the top four to go head-to-head. It remains one of the only two title races from Europe’s top five league with their Spanish counterpart.
|0-0 halftime score||99/50 (2.98)||Sporting Index|
|Under 2.5 total goals||6/7 (1.86)||SBK|
|Both teams to score – NO||11/10 (2.1)||Bet Victor|