Lyon vs Ajaccio: prediction for the Ligue 1 match
Lyon and Ajaccio will face each other in the first match of a new Ligue 1 season. Visitors have just earned a promotion from Ligue 2, will they be able to upset Lyon, who had a disappointing Ligue 1 campaign last season? Check out our prediction down below.
Lyon were not looking convincing during the pre-season. Team was alternating wins and losses before the ultimate draw in the match against Inter (2:2). Milan club was the strongest one of Les Kids' pre-season opponents. Peter Bosz' team also played against Dynamo Kyiv (3:0 and 1:3), Anderlecht (3:2, 0:3) and Feyenoord (2:0).
Previous season turned out to be a disappointment for Lyon. Bosz' men were unable to climb up from the mid-table and finished the Ligue 1 season at 8th place.
Ajaccio put up a brilliant performance in Ligue 2, earning a straight promotion to the top division. Team earned a 2nd spot in the last moment, beating the top-placed Toulouse (1:0) in season finale.
Olivier Pantaloni's men played not too many pre-season matches - they earned two victories, had one draw and suffered two defeats. Ajaccio's strongest opponent was Lorient (1:1), who also earned a promotion to Ligue 1 one year ago.
First halfs of two latest Ajaccio's matches ended on level terms
In two of three latest Ajaccio's matches both teams scored
Two of four latest head-to-head matches ended with a 3:1 score
In our opinion, there won't be any intrigue in the upcoming match. Lyon failed to achieve success in the previous season, but now team has a great chance to start everything from a scratch. Les Kids will play their first match against Ajaccio, who are coming back to Ligue 1 after a ten-year absence. The Bears are unlikely to suceed in this matchup.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) on Lyon
We are expecting a massive victory from the hosts tonight. Lyon had a fairly inconsistent pre-season, Les Kids' defense is far from perfect. Ajaccio are unlikely to score more than one goal, while hosts will probably find the net more than once.
Our second bet is on total over three goals