Le Racing are looking to capitalize on their victory over Reims with another triumph against Olympique Lyonnais in their opening match of the weekend, commencing Friday, April 28th at 20:00 (GMT+1). Kickoff for this clash at Stade de la Meinau will commence at 20:00 (GMT+1).
Habib Diallo Powers Strasbourg to 2-0 Win, Aiming for Three Wins in a Row Against Lyon
Habib Diallo [1′ and 37′] provided Strasbourg with the winning edge they needed in their 2-0 victory against Reims this past weekend. Diallo scored just sixteen seconds after kickoff to score what became the third fastest goal of the season. Just seven minutes past the half-hour mark, Senegalese striker Lamin Samba struck again for Le Racing to seal their first win ever at Stade Auguste-Delaune II and back-to-back victories for WLLWWW. After 7W, 11D, and 14L results they moved out of the bottom four to 15th spot with 32 points and aim to overtake 14th-placed Auxerre by just a point. Strasbourg have lost 70 percent of their Ligue 1 home games against Lyon since 2000; however, after taking an unexpected 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture. They could claim an unlikely double over Lyon! Strasbourg have won their last two matches and could complete a three-win streak for the first time since January 2022 . Expected from Frederic Antonetti will be a 3–4–3 formation featuring last weekend’s hero Habib Diallo as part of an attacking trio against OL.
Lyon Suffer Defeat to Marseille Despite Alexandre Lacazette's Goal, Investigated for Aggravated Violence
Lyon were defeated 2-1 by Marseille over the weekend despite scoring once through club top scorer Alexandre Lacazette (68′). Unfortunately for Lyon though, an own goal by Malo Gusto and Cengiz Under (44′) denied them any point at Groupama Stadium. Lyon are currently sitting seventh with 50 points from 14W, 8D, and 10L games, and hope to regain winning form as quickly as possible; their last W was against Shrewsbury Town (DWWWL). Laurent Blanc is finding things difficult, yet remains determined to guide his club towards a top five finish in all forms of continental football competition. Lyon are six points outside the section but could come within striking distance, especially given Rennes [53 points] and Lille’s [56 points] inconsistent form. Les Gones could utilize their signature 4–3–3 formation with Alexandre Lacazette, Ryan Cherki and Bradley Barcola leading their attack. According to reports, an investigation has been initiated by authorities over “aggravated violence” following Lyon’s defeat against Marseille last Sunday. Fans from both teams clashed outside the stadium in a free-for-all fight which resulted in one fan suffering racial abuse while leaving two injured.