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The numbers ahead of Le Mans

Published on the 11 May 2006 à 16:40 by R.B

Here are some figures for Les Lyonnais to reach, or even surpass, on the final day of the 2005-06 French league season.

If the gap between OL and Bordeaux is actually 13 points ahead of the final game of the season, there is one domain where that gap is a lot tighter. It’s the number of points amassed in the second half of the season. Les Lyonnais, after taking 44 points in the first half of the campaign have taken 37 fro 17 games since Christmas. As for Les Girondins, they had 32 points at the winter break, but now total 68 – in other words 36 points since the New Year.

Therefore, just one point separates the two sides in this ‘symbolic’ ladder before the respective visits of Le Mans and Marseille. Lyon are well on the way to reproducing their performance of last term when they won both halves of the season.

Caçapa and Co also count 24 league wins in the current campaign; a number they already reached in the 2003-2004 season. They have the chance to set a club record against Le Mans. 25 wins in a L1 season? Nantes in 1976-77 and the Bordeaux of Bernard Lacombe, in 1984-85, have already done it. St-Etienne did even better with 25 successes in just 34 matches in 1969-70. But the record lies at 26 with Reims (1959-60), Monaco (1960-61) and Nantes (1965/66 and 1979/80).

In terms of scoring goals , Lyon have scored 65, the second highest in the club’s history behind the 1980-81 season. That year they scored 70, with Nikollic leading the way with 21 goals. It will be tough to reach that this weekend…

Ahead of the Le Mans match, Les Lyonnais have a goal difference of +35. In 2003-04, they ended the campaign with +38, a record.

11 goals for Wiltord and Fred? It’s a long time since the club’s top scorer had scored so few goals. Cavéglia had just 10 in 1997-98; Maurice hit 7 in 1993-94 and Bouderbala just 6 in 1991-92. There are 90 left to the two strikers to reach, among others: Juninho - 13 goals in 2004-05 and 2002-03. Juninho can also reach the nice round figure of 50 Ligue 1 goals is he scores just one against Le Mans. He he bags two, he will pass to 65 Lyon goals in all competitions, level with Kabongo and Cavéglia in equal ninth place in the OL all-time scorers list.
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