Lyon kick-started its campaign in Ligue 1 with an emphatic victory over Nice and is trying to consolidate its position at the top of the standings by defeating Sochaux away from home. The hosts are mired in a five games winless streak, but this time they would gladly settle for a draw against the former champions.
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.22
Lyon will have to do without four players, three of them injured and one suspended for a red card but the visitors can safely use the same starting formation that delivered the 4-0 victory over Nice in the opening game. Not having home pitch advantage shouldn’t be a problem for Lyon who won 10/13 games played at Sochaux and scored a total of 27 goals. On the paper, coach Garde will use a 4-5-1 starting formation with Benzia as the only striker, but three of the midfielders are frequently joining Benzia up front.
Sochaux will try to wear down the visitors and count on the fact that Lyon will be facing Real Sociedad next week in a decisive double legged round. They tried to secure passage to the Champions League groups, which means that the visitors won’t throw everything they’ve got at Sochaux. In order to secure a draw, the hosts will strengthen their defense at the expense of an already struggling attack that scored just two goals in five recent games.
Odds of 2.22 with Pinnacle Sports are simply terrific and given the manner in which Lyon prevailed in the opening game of Ligue 1, it is worth backing the visitors at full stakes. Expect the odds to drop as the match draws near, so place your bets early to maximize your profits.