Leaders of the D1, Lyon are at home to Montpellier at 15h00 at the Stade de Gerland. The two rivals know each other well…
Sabrina Viguier, Sonia Bompastor, Camille Abily, Louisa Nécib and Elodie Thomis now play for Olympique Lyonnais, coached by Patrice Lair and his fitness coach Antonin Da Fonsceca. All of them have worn, in the past the colours of Montpellier’s female side. For the OL coach who heads south whenever the opportunity presents itself, the adventure with the MHSC was both beautiful and frustrating. He, notably, took his team to the semi-finals of European Cup but the "lack of ambition of the club" dissuaded him from pursuing adventure.
After two seasons in Africa, the Breton returned to French football with OL where he is enjoying himself thanks to the optimal conditions available to a top level squad. The results have arrived at the start to this season: 11 victories in as many official encounters, a place of leaders of the championship and a ticket to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Deprived of European competition this season, Montpellier have also made a good start to the year. The teammates of the former Lyon player Hoda Lattaf are in second place, 3 points behind OL. This is due to a surprise defeat against St Etienne, but having already beaten PSG and Juvisy at home.
For some, this OL-Montpellier will have two things at stake: to defeat their former club and make a good operation as far as the league table is concerned, because the match Juvisy-PSG has already been called off due to municipal decree. In case of bad weather, the other big match of Week 8 in the D1 may be moved to field n° 10 of the playing fields of Gerland games to preserve the pitch at the Stade Gerland before the men’s match, Lyon-Nice, at 21h00.