Lyon will want to capitalise on PSG’s dismal start to the Ligue 1 season when they play host to Nimes on Friday night (8:00pm kick-off).
The Parisians have lost their opening two games, including Le Classique on Sunday as three players got sent off against Marseille, including talisman Neymar.
But Lyon will also need to get back to winning ways, losing 3-1 to Montpellier on Tuesday night having started the campaign with four points from their opening two games.
After kicking off the season with a resounding 4-0 win over Brest, Nimes have lost back-to-back games against Nantes and Rennes, putting greater emphasis on the Crocodiles to avoid defeat at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
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Lyon & Nimes’s previous line-ups:
- Lyon (vs Montpellier): Lopes; Marcelo, Andersen, Denayer; Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Horn; Aouar*; Kadewere, Toko Ekambi.
- Nimes (vs Rennes): Reynet; Ripart, Landre, Martinez, Meling; Cubas, Deaux; Ferhat, Benrahou, Philippoteaux; Denkey.
Lyon will be without Houssem Aouar after his red card against Montpellier, but Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay should return to the starting XI. Nimes have no fresh injury concerns heading into this match and manager Jerome Arpinon may be tempted to name the same XI in the 4-2 defeat to early table-toppers Rennes.
Players to watch:
- Lyon: With a frontline as clinical and lethal as Lyon’s, Rudi Garcia rarely has problems when it comes to outscoring opponents, but defensively he has been left with a bit of a quandary this campaign after Fernando Marcal left for Wolves earlier this month. In the Brazilian’s place Joachim Andersen has stepped into the equation, but Garcia will be turning to the experienced Marcelo to remedy the departure of his compatriot and lead by example at the back. At 33 Marcelo has the maturity and leadership qualities to ensure Andersen’s transition into Garcia’s back three is a smooth and fluid process.
- Nimes: Scoring goals this season has not been an issue for Arpinon, with his side so far finding the back of the net seven times in only three games. Lyon kept a clean sheet against Bordeaux and conceded just once to Dijon but did ship three last time out, so Nimes may look to add to the misery. They will therefore want Zinedine Ferhat to continue his early-season purple patch, with the Algerian so far scoring twice and assisting once. With a goal each against Nantes and Rennes, the 27-year-old will be targeting a third successive game in which he finds the back of the net, and if he does so, he will already match his tally from last season.