Lyon Currently in Relegation Zone
Paris Saint-Germain opened up the season with consecutive draws in Luis Enrique’s first two matches as a coach. Then, they defeated Lens 3-1 as Kylian Mbappe scored a double in his first start of the season. Lyon host PSG on Sunday in a Ligue 1 clash but OL are still winless this season. They lost their first two matches and drew 0-0 with Nice on Matchday 3. Lyon also just sold Bradley Barcola to PSG. As OL goes for their first win of the season, we’ll preview the Lyon vs PSG betting odds.
Last season, the road team won both matches in this fixture on the Ligue 1 schedule. Lionel Messi scored a fifth-minute winner for PSG at Lyon last season and Bradley Barcola scored the winner for Lyon in the reverse fixture. The road team is unbeaten in the last three matches between PSG and Lyon. Lyon hasn’t managed a home win over Paris Saint-Germain since the 2018-19 season.
Lyon’s Fall From Grace
Olympique Lyon is one of the most storied Ligue 1 teams even though it hasn’t seemed that way recently. From the 1998-99 to 2018-19 seasons, Lyon didn’t finish below fifth place in Ligue 1 and won seven straight titles from 2001-02 to 2007-08. Since 2019, they’ve finished in fourth once, seventh place twice, and eighth.
Lyon reportedly entered the Summer needing to raise 130 million Euros to avoid being sanctioned for Financial Fair Play violations. So, there was something of a mass exodus out of the club during this transfer window. Strikers Karl Toko Ekambi and Moussa Dembele left for the Saudi Pro League, while midfielder Houssem Aouar joined AS Roma on a free transfer. Lyon also sold center-back Castello Lukeba and midfielder Romain Faivre. Just this week, PSG swooped in for Lyon’s most promising young talent, winger Bradley Barcola. The results on the field have been consistent with all of the turmoil.
Lyon lost their opening two matches, conceding six goals in the process. Those losses didn’t come to Ligue 1’s elite either, as they fell to Strasbourg and Montpellier. Last weekend, Lyon managed to keep their first clean sheet of the season but they only managed a draw at Nice.
Laurent Blanc has quite the job ahead of him this season to keep Lyon a competitive side in Ligue 1. Plus, Lyon’s 2022-23 leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette is out for this match due to a suspension.
Mbappe Brace Gets PSG First Win of Season
Just a few weeks ago, it appeared Kylian Mbappe would join Lionel Messi and Neymar by leaving PSG this Summer. However, he reached an agreement with PSG officials and is now set to sign a new contract which lasts until 2026. The contract will reportedly have a Real Madrid-specific release clause, as it’s no secret where Mbappe wants his next destination to be.
Mbappe made his first start of the season last Sunday, along with new signing Ousmane Dembele. The duo caused all sorts of problems for Lens’ defense but it was Marco Asensio who scored his first PSG goal and gave them a 1-0 lead. Mbappe scored twice in the second half and PSG led 3-0 before Morgan Guilavogui bagged a consolation goal for Lens. The 3-1 victory was PSG’s first win of the season and Luis Enrique’s first as coach.
A look at Mbappe’s Ligue 1 stats for PSG is simply ridiculous. He’s scored 138 times in 151 matches and has scored over 150 goals in all competitions for the Parisians. With Mbappe, Dembele, and Asensio all fit for Sunday’s match, it’s no surprise that the Lyon vs PSG betting odds price Paris Saint-Germain as -190 favorites.
Match Analysis & Odds
Amin Sarr started up front for Lyon last week at Nice but has just departed for Wolfsburg on loan. So, with Sarr gone and Alexandre Lacazette out, it looks like Tino Kadewere will get the nod for Lyon. Kadewere spent last season on loan at Mallorca and only managed to score one goal, while Lacazette bagged 27 for Lyon last season.
With Sarr and Bradley Barcola gone, and Barcola potentially making his PSG debut vs his old club, the Lyon vs PSG betting odds list Paris Saint-Germain as one-goal favorites. PSG last lost on the road at Lyon four years ago and are -190 moneyline favorites. PSG -1 also displays -122 odds here. It’s hard to know what to expect from Lyon and a poor performance could draw the ire of their increasingly impatient home fans.
Lyon +1 sits at -108 odds and they’re also +420 moneyline underdogs for this one. A draw is priced at +390 odds but only one of the last 16 Ligue 1 meetings have finished all square. PSG will feel confident about their chances to get on the scoresheet early and often here, with mismatches across the forward line. The oddsmakers do price under 3.5 goals at -120 odds, though, as Lyon hasn’t proven to be much of an attacking threat so far this season.