Check out our match and betting preview for Friday’s Coupe de la Ligue final between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon.
The Stade de France will host PSG and Lyon on Friday evening for what will be the last Coupe de la Ligue final, as the competition will be suspended indefinitely afterwards to reduce the domestic schedule.
Therefore, PSG will be determined to win the tournament for a ninth and final time. It will also seal another domestic treble to go alongside their Ligue 1 and Coupe de France titles for this season.
Thomas Tuchel’s side booked their spot in the final last weekend, courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in the semi-finals. Losing Kylian Mbappe to an ankle injury was a costly blow, though.
Lyon, on the other hand, need to win the Coupe de la Ligue to qualify for European football next season. Their only other alternative is to win the Champions League, which nobody expects.
Rudi Garcia’s men were probably the biggest losers in France’s decision to cancel all football activity due to COVID-19, as it left them seventh in Ligue 1.
What to bet on?
PSG to win – 1/6
While PSG will be without Mbappe, Thilo Kehrer, and Juan Bernat for the final, they have plenty of weapons left in their arsenal.
Neymar and Mauro Icardi will likely head the attack in a possible 4-4-2 formation, with Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler bringing up the rear.
The Parisians have also defeated Lyon in all three of their meetings this season, including a 5-1 thrashing in the Coupe de France semi-finals. They have also won all their four fixtures since returning from lockdown.
Therefore, William Hill has priced PSG at 1/6 to lift the Coupe de la Ligue trophy. Lyon follow on 7/2 odds despite not reporting any new injuries.
2.5 goals or over
PSG’s only competitive match since returning from lockdown was the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne.
But the Ligue 1 champions scored three sound friendly wins recently by beating Le Havre 9-0 and Waasland-Beveren 7-0, and Celtic 4-0.
Lyon, on the other hand, played four friendlies before the final and won twice against Nice (1-0) and Gent (2-0). Although they lost the other two to Rangers (2-0) and Gent (3-2).
It should be noted those games were just friendlies and Garcia had experimented tactically.
Goalscorer – Neymar
With Mbappe out of the picture, Neymar will likely take center-stage in Paris on Friday evening.
The Brazilian has enjoyed a decent run of form this season with his endless array of tricks, feints, and dribbling skills back in full swing. He’s also regularly found the back of the net.
In fact, Neymar has scored five times in PSG’s four matches since lockdown ended.