Top-flight football in France returns this weekend, with any number of teams looking to improve upon their performances of last season. Lyon finished in fourth position in Ligue 1 last season, a massive 28-points behind champions Monaco. Coach Bruno Génésio is heading into his second full season in charge at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, with the French boss under pressure to deliver having spent a significant amount in the transfer market over the summer.
Lyon take on Strasbourg in the opening encounter, with last season’s Ligue 2 champions looking to make an impact upon their return to the big time. With betting on Ligue 1 fixtures becoming increasingly popular, plenty of bets are expected on this match. As a result, let’s take a look at the two teams, as well as our top betting tip for the clash.
Lyon were either hot or cold last season, winning 21 matches, as well as losing 13. They will certainly be hoping to improve upon their consistency throughout the 17/18 season, starting with a home encounter on Saturday evening. Having added Memphis Depay in the January transfer window, Lyon have again performed well in the transfer market, bringing in Bertrand Traore, Mariano Diaz and Marcelo for big money from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Besiktas respectively. Lyon lost to Inter during pre-season, before drawing with French rivals Montpellier. Cheered on by a 50,000-capacity crowd on Saturday, Lyon will undoubtedly be the favourites to earn three points on the opening weekend of the campaign.
Strasbourg outlasted their rivals to claim the Ligue 2 title last season, with experienced manager Thierry Laurey looking to lead his team to top-flight security over the course of the upcoming season. Despite not having any star names within the playing squad, Strasbourg make use of both French and African players, with new striker Idriss Saadi looking to make his mark in the top league in the country. Meanwhile, young French midfielder Ihsan Sacko impressed hugely last season, and will be looking to make the step-up to the top-flight, starting at Lyon on Saturday.
Top Betting Tip
Despite Strasbourg being highly motivated to cause an upset on their return to Ligue 1, it is difficult to look beyond a home win on Saturday. Lyon certainly save their best performances for their home support, with the likes of Mariano and Traore looking to make a name for themselves for their new club. For customers looking to back a Lyon win, best odds of 4/11 from bookmakers Ladbrokes can be found, which is certainly worth taking advantage of.