Family Reunions: Lyon vs Nantes Preview

It’s been a tough few months for Les Canaris. The dreadful start to their season is shocking for a team who can usually be counted on for their reliable, midtable performances. Most of the news out of Brittany these days revolves on their manager, Miguel Cardoso, and Waldemar Kita, president of Nantes and one of Ligue 1’s most despised supervillains.

However, while they might be in 19th place, they’re only one point from 18th placed Monaco. Misery loves company, right? Especially when said company ended last season in second place and is a perennial Champions League participant.


Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
2 PM EST (20:00 CST, 19:00 UST)

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Battle of the Condiments: Dijon Mustard vs. Olympique Mayonnaise

It’s been a week of champagne and chocolate. Last Wednesday’s entirely unexpected win at Manchester City, coupled with this weekend’s win over Marseille, has revitalized a Lyon side that’s struggled with form since August.

Their unconvincing season start against Ligue 1 bottom feeders Nice, Caen, Reims, Strasbourg, and Amiens – taking 7 points out of 15 – convinced both fans and pundits alike that Lyon would be lucky even to qualify for next year’s Europa League. But as usual, Lyon proved once again that they play better against bigger opponents.

Which is TERRIBLE because their next opponent is Dijon, a team that plays the kind of football that Lyon just don’t know how to deal with. It’s not going to be easy going from champagne football to sandwich toppings, and if any team can mess it up, it’s Lyon.


Wednesday, Septermber 26th, 2018
Stade Gaston Gérard, Dijon
1 PM EST (19:00 CET, 18:00 UST)

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The Olympico – A True Derby? OL vs OM Preview

The battle of the Olympics has more narratives than you can poke a stick at, and it’s transforming itself into a derby and one of the fiercest in France! Coming away from a comfortable 2-1 win against English Premier League Champions and the apparent favourites to win the Champions League, Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais are full of confidence heading into this must win tie. The form coming into this match for both teams has drastically switched from a week ago, with OM losing at home 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, despite their positive results in Ligue 1.

Just a week ago, after another lacklustre performance in Ligue, President Aulas was scoffing at the idea of OL turning their season around against Man City and OM in the one week. However, since that glorious Wednesday night for OL at the Etihad Stadium  which left all the English pundits in chaos control, trying to save their reputations while wiping the egg off their face, things couldn’t be more positive for OL. The form graph/chart/diagram/whatever you want to call it, couldn’t have swung more in OL’s favour.

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“Farmers” to world beaters…The Real Pep stand up!

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The Great Lion Hunt: Caen vs. Lyon Preview

If you haven’t visited Caen’s website, immediately drop what you’re doing and do so now. Their match preview for this weekend’s game is so good that I absolutely cannot beat it.

Some might think that the beast that will enter the Caen arena on Saturday evening has lost its presence, and that other chimeras now reign in the jungle of French football, starting with the Parisian ogre, who leaves its victims barely alive in order to keep a little room in his stomach so that it can swallow bigger prey the following week.

Lyon, however, remains cloaked by an aura and a history that no one dares to challenge: carrying an attack that their feline dispositions render graceful, their mere presence offering the certainty of a rare spectacle, while giving rise to the desire for an exploit.

Amazing, amirite??? I haven’t seen so many scary hunting references since I went on a safari in South Africa, when guides took me and my friend on a terrifying game drive in the middle of the night and thought it would be hilarious to take us close to feasting hyenas. Nope, never again.

Saturday, September 15h, 2018
Stade Michel d’Ornano, Caen
11 AM EST (17:00 CET, 16:00 UST)

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Patrick Vieira is desperate to save his job: Lyon vs Nice Preview

As a Lyon fan, I’m usually too busy feeling sorry for my own team to care much over the troubles of others. But Nice’s predicament is woeful enough that it’s caught notice around the world, and frankly, it makes Lyon look like a club that has its shit together.

Yeah, Nice is that badly off.

We’re only 3 games in, and a lot can change, but Nice have played some of their easier opponents – Reims, Caen, and Dijon. Two of those games have been at home, and yet Nice have taken only 1 point and have conceded 6 goals (while scoring only 1). Their journey only becomes harder because after Lyon, they’ll next be facing Rennes, Montpellier, and PSG.

Friday, August 31st, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20:45 CET, 19:45 CET)

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Redemption: Olympique Lyonnais vs Strasbourg Match Preview

Olympique Lyonnais have just experienced one of their worst weekends ever. And the season has barely started.

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Despite it only being the second week of Ligue 1, our most promising young striker suffered a torn knee ligament in training while the team experienced an embarrassing defeat to a promoted club. Worse yet, the search for a central defender has been equally underwhelming.

The pressure is already heaped on “Pep” Genesio as this Friday, OL will host an eager Strasbourg side who are looking to repeat last season’s upset. We’ve all tried to bury that 3-2 loss deep into our memories, (just like the time that you accidentally killed your neighbor’s bird when babysitting it while they were away on vacation). Dimitri Lienard pulled a stunning Memphis Depay-esque last minute winner out of his arse that shocked the OL and gave Strasbourg all 3 points.

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Turf Wars: Reims vs Lyon Match Preview

Tomorrow, Lyon travel to Reims for the second match of their Ligue 1 season. Both teams won last weekend, with Lyon snagging a comfortable (if boring) win over Amiens while Reims walked away with a hard fought victory over Nice.

Lyon are still in summer vacation mode, so perhaps this trip will get them back on track. Reims have already shown their scrappy tenacity and will certainly fight tooth and nail for all three points.

However, the biggest takeaway last weekend was that if you aren’t careful, your pitch will make more headlines than you. That was certainly the case with Lyon, whose sandy lawn was all over the headlines and a source of considerable embarrassment for the club. Not to be outdone, Reims have announced that their own pitch is suffering from a bacterial infection, which is causing yellow spots on the grass.

It sounds like an STD we should avoid at all costs.

Friday, August 17th, 2018
Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
2:45 PM EST (19:45 UST, 20:45 CET)

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