FRANCE: Ligue 1
The chief coach of Lyon Bruno Génésio prefers to use the tactical scheme 4-3-3. But at the beginning of new season this scheme in Lyon is extremely reduced.
Officially, there are football players who will be playing instead of two holding midfielders Maxime Gonalons (Roma) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern) and instead of playmaker Mathieu Valbuena (Fenerbahçe) and center forward Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).
Lyon (the head coach Bruno Génésio)
And there is one big question: who will be able to replace the leaders? The reserve football players of Chelsea (Bertrand Traoré, 10 million) or Real Madrid (Mariano Díaz, 8 million) only on paper were the players of great European football clubs.
The team has no serious purchases but for selling his leaders the boss of Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas got more than €120 million.
Strasbourg (the head coach Thierry Loret)
Nine years ago in May 2008 Strasbourg together with Lens and Metz left Ligue 1. It is obvious that the fans of one of the most popular French clubs at that time waited that the club will return to elite as it did last year. But this time everything was diferent – Strasbourg was playing at Ligue 2, Ligue 3 and even at 5 division for the last 9 years. And now the club returned!
According to the words of chief coach a big group of fans of Strasbourg (more than 5 000 fans) are coming to the first away game to Lyon. Of course, this is very solid support. But will the fans of newcomer be able to help the team?
Bearing in mind the fact that the defending line of Lyon hasn’t been changed yet the most actual bet is the bet on the minimal number of goals.
Lyon – 1.35, draw – 5.00, Strasbourg – 8.50;
Our tip: Total under (3.5) - odds 1.65 Pinnacle