Ligue 1: Reims vs Lyon Preview

Reims

21 December 2019 live

20:45 UTC

Ligue 1

Lyon

 

Reims are currently enjoying a five-game unbeaten run in Ligue 1 (L1), and have excelled at keeping games tight this season with a league-high 88.24% of their league matches producing under 2.5 goals. Partly as a consequence of that, only PSG have recorded more L1 clean sheets than Reims’ ten this season.
At home, the hosts are also enjoying a five-game unbeaten league run (W2, D3), but have netted the opening goal in just four of their nine L1 home games so far (W3, L1 when doing so). They have, however, scored a first-half opener in the last three H2Hs (W2, D1 – at all venues).
It’s been a disappointing campaign for Lyon, who have lost as many games as they’ve won (W7, D4, L7). They are, however, one of L1’s best performing away sides (W4, D2, L3) and have won three of their last four road trips after scoring before half-time in all three.

Yet notably, the visitors have also conceded the opener in six of their nine L1 away games, but at least came back to claim points in three (W2, D1). There should be early action here regardless, as only one of Lyon’s away matches this term ended goalless at half-time (HT: W3, D4, L2).
Players to watch: Boulaye Dia has netted in Reims’ last two L1 home games – all five of his league goals this term came after half-time.
Moussa Dembélé has been Lyon’s first goalscorer in four of the five L1 away games he’s found the net this season.
Stat attack: The opener has been scored by the tenth minute in three of Reims’ last four league games.
There’s been three red cards and two penalties across Lyon’s last three L1 away games.
None of the last seven H2Hs have been goalless at half-time.

 

What time is kick off?
The match begins at 20:45.