Olympique Lyonnais receives LOSC this Sunday, April 25 for a clash between two title contenders.
The LOSC, at the head of Ligue 1 before this 34th day, intends to resume its leader’s chair temporarily taken by PSG after its victory in Metz. But if they bow to Lyon, Lille could find themselves behind their evening opponents. Here are four stats you need to know about this crucial clash in the title race.
Apart from a loss on penalties in the Coupe de la Ligue in January 2020, LOSC has never bowed on the lawn of Groupama Stadium since its inauguration in 2016. The Mastiffs have been, for several years, the bête noire of Gones , since Lyon have not won any of their last eight meetings against Lille, at home or away, with four draws and four defeats. The last victory of Olympique Lyonnais against LOSC in Ligue 1 dates back to November 18, 2016 (1-0), at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium.
Before this 34th day, Lyon, fourth, had fourteen points ahead of Lens, its pursuer. OL are the first team in the history of Ligue 1 to be off the podium with at least 67 points after 33 games, proof of the hellish pace of the four teams at the top of the championship. Dissatisfied with this fourth position, Lyon coach Rudi Garcia displayed his ambitions at a pre-match press conference: “take advantage of the LOSC reception to win at least one place“.
OL receive the best away team this Sunday this season. In 16 trips, Christophe Galtier’s men have won 11 times, obtained a draw four times, and only lost once, in Brest, on November 8 (2-3). The Lyonnais have meanwhile been dominated three times on their lawn this season, by Metz, Montpellier and PSG.
Memphis Depay is in great shape: he’s been involved with 15 goals in Ligue 1 since the start of 2021, more than any other player in the league, with 10 goals and 5 assists. Depay has tried his luck 97 times this season, and could become the first player to shoot 100 shots in 2020-2021 this Sunday evening. Christophe Galtier is aware that the Dutchman is one of the key men at Olympique Lyonnais: “He is one of the strengths of the team, but he is not the only one. He is able to make a huge difference in small perimeters and thanks to the quality of his passes. There will be a very careful look at its positioning. “
There is no doubt that Depay will find strong opposition in the Lille cage, well guarded by Mike Maignan. The French international goalkeeper has made 18 “clean sheets” this season (a game without conceding a goal). No goalkeeper has done better than him in the five major European leagues. A duel to follow.