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A happy 50th?

Published on the 22 March 2014 à 20:01 by R.B

After a undeserved defeat to Monaco last time at the Stade de Gerland, OL head to Guingamp this weekend in their 50th match of the season, looking to get back to winning ways ahead of next week's mouth-watering derby...

  Certain have admitted it… there are some tired heads and legs in the Lyon camp. Beaten by the referee against AS Monaco, even if a normal referee wouldn't have necessarily equated victory, qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League but beaten by Plzen, Les Lyonnais aren't flying at the moment. Grenier, Umtiti and Fofana are all missing; Gourcuff has only just returned. It's not easy backing up match after match. Against Guingamp, OL will play their 50th official match of the season and they know they have at the very least, 11 more to go. And that's not mentioning the World Cup for those lucky players...

They have a lot of big matches to come too: A Europa League quarter-final tie, the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, and the aim to finish as high up the league table as possible. Jean-Michel Aulas reiterated it before and after the latest European qualification: the main aim this season is to finish third or fourth.

This weekend the league takes OL to the Le Roudourou stadium against a side fighting for their Ligue 1 survival. With a 7-point buffer over 18th, they enter the final straight in a solid but nervous position. They will be looking to secure the pints they need as soon as possible. They bounced back from their home loss to ETG by winning in Ajaccio. But they have a few tough games on the horizon, entertaining VAFC and travelling to Monaco, Lille, Marseille… Hosting OL is a big challenge for Guingamp who have already lost at home to OM and ASM but have drawn with LOSC, ASSE and PSG.

OL have only taken 5 points from their last four league games. The battle for the European places is fierce between third and ninth places. A win and you are top of the world, a loss and you are back to square one. The match pitting AS Monaco with LOSC, could see opportunities for other sides. Let's hope Les Olympiens have recovered enough from their exertions in the Czech Republic to tackle this Brittany side. Lacazette, Malbranque, Mvuemba didn't play on Thursday. They will be ready. But it's going to be tough...  

Olympique Lyonnais return to Le Roudourou, this charming stadium with its local delicacies, the overlooking apartments that make the ground feel like a school playground... It's a quaint little place... Guingamp are a nice club... but this is not the time for nostalgia and generosity, not even to the smallest of rivals...


Also...

- All you need to know about EAG - OM
- The standings ahead of Week 30.
- OL fixtures 2013 - 2014

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