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Lyon v Racing Strasbourg – OL expect to win on opening weekend
Newly-promoted Racing Strasbourg face a tricky trip to Lyon in their first match back in Ligue 1. After winning the second division by a single point, there is no chance to ease their way back into the big time as they play one of France’s best-established outfits on Saturday night.
Since the end of last season, they have taken part in six friendlies and are unbeaten, including against top-flight teams. This will give Thierry Laurey belief that, though his side may find their opener particularly difficult, they have the resilience to remain in Ligue 1 following a nine-year absence; their promotion was their fourth in six years.
Though Lyon finished fourth last season, they were well off the pace set by the leaders. They were nine points off the impressive Nice, who secured the final Champions League berth. To make matters more difficult for this campaign – as they seek a return to Europe’s top competition - OL have sold two of their best players in Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. In addition, their midfield general Maxime Gonalons joined Roma for just €5m, as he had a year remaining on his contract. Though they have signed six senior players – including Bertrand Traore from Chelsea – the midfield looks threadbare and it is hard to see them improve on 2016/17 without more business in this transfer window.
However, Lyon are big favourites at Tipbet to get the three points and can be backed at 1.45. A draw (4.90) would be a phenomenal result for their visitors, who are also available at 7.00 to win. Full odds coverage for this match is available with 62 markets, while Tipbet also offer season bets. They have PSG as overwhelming favourites at odds of 1.16, with Monaco 5.25. Lyon are fourth favourites at 18.5.
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