Lyon are on a great run at the moment, with three wins from five, Lacazette is the key if they want all three points against Montpellier on Sunday.
Unbeaten in five games, with three wins to their name, the season is turning at Lyon, and they have the goals of former Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette to thank for their upturn in fortunes.
Montpellier are no pushovers though, and with only one defeat in their last five games, OL will need Lacazette and his young forward line to be at their best if they are to keep their great run going.
This match was supposed to be played at Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson, but bad weather has seen the stadium engulfed in water, the pitch looked more like a swamp than a football pitch. Lyon agreed to switch the tie to the Stade Gerland to help Montpellier out.
Lyon’s last home game saw them destroy Lille 3-0, at the time the away side had the best defensive record in the league, Lacazette’s hat-trick took care of that.
However, it wasn’t all about the French international, he was helped by the excellent play of Nabil Fekir and substitute Clinton N’Jie. Lille couldn’t cope with the pace of the three attackers, and it looks like all three will start on Sunday night.
Lyon are still without the injured Clement Grenier and Guieda Fofana, but they do have Yoan Gourcuff back, he looked fantastic at times against Lille and Hubert Fournier will be hoping he is solely finding his best form again.
Montpellier are looking tight at the back, but goals have been hard to come by. Summer signing Lucas Barrios has been shockingly bad so far this season, with L’Equipe asking where is the Barrios that played at Dortmund, that striker looks a distant memory.
La Paillade’s best play has come from winger Anthony Mounier and the midfielders Morgan Sanson, Jonas Martin and Paul Lasne, plus a solid and well-organised defence.
If any side has the ability to break down this Montpellier defence, it is the pace and skill of Lyon. Lacazette will fancy his chances to add to his seven goals this season. Montpellier will be hoping to come away from the Gerland with at least a point. Stop Lacazette and they have a chance.
Lyon (4-4-2): Lopes – Jallet, Bisevac, Umtiti, Bedimo – Gonalons (cap), Ferri, Gourcuff, Fekir – N’Jie, Lacazette
Montpellier (4-3-3): Jourdren – Congré – Hilton (cap), El Kaoutari, Tiéné – Martin, Lasne, Sanson – Bérigaud, Mounier, Barrios