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Preview: OL – ASSE

Published on the 28 April 2006 à 11:14 by CC

The derby at you fingertips. Here’s all the background information you need ahead of Sunday’s huge match at the Stade Gerland between Lyon and Saint-Etienne.

Presentation

This Sunday, at 21:00, OL play in Week 36 of Ligue 1. Olympique Lyonnais host Saint-Etienne for France’s biggest derby match. Having earned a ticket into the Intertoto Cup last season, Les Stephanois had endured a far more difficult campaign this time around. They are currently a modest 12th in the league. After the festival of goals last season, the two sides left a freezing ‘Cauldron’ after a dour 0-0 draw earlier this season.

Confrontations

This Sunday will be the 89th derby between the two in history (league and cup combined). Ahead of this 40th match at the Stade Gerland, OL can boast at having claimed the first ever derby win, 4-2, on October 28, 1951 (hat-trick to Fritz Woehl and one goal for Georges Dupraz). 4-0 is Lyon’s biggest winning scoreline at the Stade Gerland: it was back on March 25, 1962 thanks to a double to Fleury Di Nallo and goals from Nestor Combin and Angel Rambert. Lyon total 15 league victories at the Stade Gerland against Saint-Etienne.
There have also been 14 draws. The first, 1-1, was back in the 1954/55 season. The two sides have six times finished 0-0 at Gerland, the last in 1999/2000.
Saint-Etienne have registered 10 away wins against OL in the First Division. The first: 3-1 in 1956/57. They also mauled Lyon 7-1 in 1969/70. However, Saint-Etienne haven’t won at Gerland since February, 1993 and a 2-0 win thanks to Passi and Kastendeuch.

The last five Lyon – Saint-Etienne

2004/2005:3-2
2000/2001: 2-1
1999/2000: 0-0
1995/1996: 2-1
1994/1995: 1-0
Goals: 9 for, 4 against.

4 victories and 1 draw.

Saint-Etienne

Let’s take a closer look at this Saint-Etienne side which includes David Hellebuyck, a former Lyon player. The team trained by Elie Baup has been inconsistent since the start of the season. They were placed as high as third after a 3-0 win over Paris-Saint-Germain in Week 7. Their worst placing was 15th following the Week 27 0-2 defeat to Lille.
After 35 games this season, AS Saint-Etienne is 12th in L1. The record: 11 victories, 13 draws and 11 defeats: 28 goals for and 32 against. ASSE are the fifth-best away team in the league with 5 victories, 6 draws and 6 defeats: 10 goals for and 17 against.
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