24th January 2021 – 21:00, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint Etienne
The clash between St. Etienne and Lyon will close the Ligue 1 21st round on Sunday evening. The hosts want to escape from the danger zone, while the away side is looking forward to challenging the top spot.
St. Etienne vs Lyon Match Preview & Team News
It has been a very disappointing campaign for the home side so far. St. Etienne sits in 16th place, and they are only four points ahead of the relegation zone. To make things worse, Claude Puel’s team celebrated just once on the previous 17 occasions. They tied three victories at the very start of the season, but their form dramatically declined. Les Verts struggle to convert their chances into goals as they netted only 20 times. Lucas Douath and the lads need to tighten their defense as they conceded six times in a row. St. Etienne enters the Rhone-Alpes derby after two consecutive defeats against Reims and Strasbourg, both on the road. On the other hand, the hosts tied four straight draws at the home ground, and want to remain undefeated once more, this time against the strong rivals.
After two winless rounds, Lyon slipped to 2nd spot, being two points behind PSG and Lille. Rudi Garcia’s side drew away to Rennes but failed to a surprising 1:0 defeat against Metz at home. That was Lyon’s first game after 15 occasions not to score. Memphis Depay and the lads have been pretty productive in front of the oppositions’ net, while their defensive work has also been quite decent. Lyon has been putting excellent performances away from home, and they missed the chance to win only once in the previous five outings. The visitors won’t face any significant selection issues, and everybody is fit to get back Lyon on the winning track.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Lyon is considered a strong favorite in this game, but St. Etienne is a very tricky team that can explode at any time. Since their rivalry is pretty strong, the hosts will give their best to remain undefeated. Since Lyon hasn’t been playing well lately either, we believe in a surprise, and the game could end in a draw.
Goals Market Prediction
Although the hosts haven’t been much efficient this season, they failed to score against Lyon only once in the past seven games at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Therefore, we expect to see both teams finding the back of the opposition’s net this time.
St. Etienne vs Lyon
Draw @ 4.75
BTTS Yes @ 1.80
Correct score 1:1 @ 9.00