France Ligue 1 – Troyes v Lyon Preview (22/10/17)

Match Preview

This should be an interesting game but I’m uncertain about it because of Nice’s inconsistent form this season. There is no doubt in my mind that European matches have really influenced this team and they've struggled to juggle it with domestic matters. They miss two key players for this match, Mario Balotelli and Jean Michael Seri. The impact this will have can't be underestimated. Strasbourg are still missing some players too, but keep the exact same group that drew 3-3 with Marseille last week. I was tempted by the overs, but at 1.80 the value simply isn't there. This should be a good one to view, but betting wise it’s probably best to leave alone.

I don’t rate Troyes much, but in this instance I think they are underrated a little bit. Maybe it’s a case of Lyon being overrated. I’m surprised they are around the 1.90 mark -1 Asian Handicap. OL play on the road after a bruising midweek Europa League match against Everton. They have a few key players who aren’t quite 100% at the moment and I could see them putting on a sluggish under par sort of display today. For Troyes, this will be like a cup final and to their credit they are maximising their points obtained this season, a lot of things have been going their way. I think Lyon might just find a way to win, but at these prices I wouldn't want to be backing them.

Prediction: 1-2

Recommended bet: None


Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player