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French Cup - Lyon VS Valenciennes prediction

French Cup - Lyon VS Valenciennes prediction
French Cup - Lyon VS Valenciennes
Match Time: 03-04-2024 02:45 Wednesday (GMT+8)
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Lyon are in excellent form, winning eight of ten matches in all competitions. Generally, they have been playing well for over three months, and we consider them strong favorites against struggling Valenciennes.

Valenciennes are playing an absolutely terrible season in Ligue 2, winning only two games in 30 rounds! Their only bright spot of the season is in the Cup, but they have had really weak opponents so far. Recently, their performances have only worsened as they won only two points in four matches while failing to score on all four occasions. So, even scoring against Lyon will be a challenging task.

A review of their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 21/12/2011 shows that Lyon have won 4 of these games & Valenciennes FC 1, with the tally of draws standing at 1. An aggregate of 18 goals were scored between them in these games, with 12 from Lyon and 6 coming from Les Athéniens. The average goals per game has been 3. The previous league meeting between the two was Ligue 1 match day 32 on 06/04/2014 when it ended Valenciennes FC 1-2 Lyon.

On that occasion, Valenciennes FC managed 43% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Their only player to score was Majeed Waris (66'). On the other side, Lyon had 9 shots at goal with 2 on target. Bafétimbi Gomis (30') and Jordan Ferri (69') scored.

Lyon possible starting lineup:
Perri; Kumbedi, O'Brien, Caleta-Car; Mata, Caqueret, Matic, Henrique; Cherki; Lacazette, Balde
Valenciennes possible starting lineup:
Louchet; Linguet, Cuffaut, Basse, Woudenberg; El Amri, Moursou, Banse, Hamache; Lilepo, Oyewusi

Prediction: Lyon 3-0 Valenciennes
Given how poor their domestic campaign has gone, Valenciennes deserve much credit for their performance at the Coupe de France, though they have not faced many top-class sides to get here. Lyon have been one of the hottest teams in the French top flight this year, and regardless of who plays on Tuesday, we believe even their reserves should be able to handle a side that seem destined to play in the third tier of French football next season.
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