Place: France. Reims. Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Date: on the 17th of August, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of France. :Ligue 1. 2nd round.
Lyon (the head coach Bruno Génésio)
In frames of the starting round of the new championship of France the quartet of the best clubs of the previous tournament has won the new victories. Marseille was the first to please the fans. Still on Friday evening the hosts of Vélodrome have scored in gate of Toulouse four unanswered goals (4:0).
Then on Saturday the vice-champion of Monaco has won away match with Nantes with the score (1:3). And, at last, on Sunday, the capital arena Parc des Princes where Parisians in experimental lineup didn’t leave any chances to Caen (3:0) were in epicenter of general attention. The team of Bruno Génésio on Grand Stade de Lyon has scored two goals (2:0) in gate of Amiens in each halves.
But if Bertrand Traoré has scored the first goal after the great mistake of the goalkeeper of guests Regis Gartner, then in the end of the match Memphis Depay has scored his brilliant goal.
Reims (the head coach David Guyon)
At the same time in frames of the starting round of the new French season we have witnessed the first sensation. Reims which has gained away victory on Allianz Riviera over Nice (0:1) became its author. It was one of those numerous options in which experts and analysts of the French football unconditionally and unambiguously considered the new team of Patrick Vieira to be the favorite of the match.
And suddenly the debutant of an elite division under initial coefficient 4.50, has scored three winning points. Thus, at the head of a new champion race together with PSG, Marseille, Monaco and Lyon absolutely unexpectedly David Guyon ‘s team has appeared.
And now on Friday, during starting match of the second match day in Reims, on Stade Auguste-Delaune the club with the same name will fight against Lyon. The team which will lose this match for a certain time will withdraw into the shadows of other leaders of the champion race. And if this Friday match ends in a draw then both the hosts and guests at once will become the catching up team.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Reims vs. Lyon
We will remind you that the two-time finalist of the club championship of Europe (1956, 1959) has returned to an elite division of the French football after a two-year break. Therefore the last meeting of current rivals has taken place in Reims on the 14th of May 2016 and has ended with sensational victory of the hosts (4:1). Thus, before moving to Ligue 2 the Red and Whites have very loudly shut the door. And now, bearing in mind absolutely different level of the game, the experts prefer Lyon: Reims – 5.00, Lyon – 1.65.
Of course, the team of Bruno Génésio hasn’t forgotten that humiliating defeat. And though now the squad of the guests doesn’t have Samuel Umtiti, Maxime Gonalons, Alexandre Lacazette and Mathieu Valbuena any more, the consciousness of the football players of Lyon is full of the revanchist sentiments…