Reims vs Lyon Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 12 March 2021

Tight game in store in Ligue 1

FranceReims vs LyonFrance
12 March 2000hrs
Football – France – Ligue 1
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 9/10  odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 10 March


The next instalment of Lyon’s title challenge sees them face a real tricky match when travelling to face a Reims side who are capable of springing a surprise.

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Reims Preview – Can Reims upset title challengers and extend their unbeaten run to five games?

Nine points clear of the relegation zone and a further point adrift of the European spots means that Reims are smack back in mid-table as their current position of 12th would suggest. One of the lesser lights in Ligue 1 they continue to punch above their weight and head coach David Guion will be wondering a bit ‘what if’ after recent results. Three straight draws (two of which at home) have spelled the end for their hopes of challenging for a top five spot which would bring with it European football next season.

Reims did get back to winning ways (ending a run of six games without victory) when beating Nantes 2-1 on their travels.


Our betting prediction:
Lyon to win 1-0 Correct Score

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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 10 March)
There’s no real frills about this team, especially at home. Their 11 home goals is the second lowest in the league with bottom team Dijon the only team to have scored fewer at home. That is the difference between them and some of the teams above them. And it’s something of a mystery considering they have managed more than double on their travels.
The man with most of those goals is Boulaye Dia. The Senegalese striker has 12 in the league alone and it’s already a career best. He’s scored just two goals in his last 10, however. And they came in the same game.

Lyon Preview – Will Lyon get the victory that would take them joint top of the table ahead of the weekend games?

It’s the closest title race in all five of the top leagues and Lyon are very much involved in it. Seven points separate the top four and Lyon – who are third at the moment – can go level on points with current leaders Lille. Any win would put them above that rival on account of goals scored. Considering Rudi Garcia is known to be leaving at the end of the season it’s been a dramatic turn around for the club.

Having lost at home to Montpellier in the middle of last month Lyon have since taken 10 points from their last four games, proving that their mentality may be different compared to previous years.


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This group of players did show their class last season by reaching the semi-final of the Champions League but it’s their consistency this time around that has been the biggest surprise. With PSG coming up next we are entering a really crucial period of the campaign for Garcia and his players and if they are still in the conversation after these next couple of matches then you’d expect them to be in the race for the duration.

Lyon’s front three of Memphis Depay, Tino Kadawere and Karl Toko Ekambi have combined for 37 goals in the league. A formidable trio.

Reims vs Lyon Betting Advice

It’s not been a happy hunting ground for Lyon with their last win here coming back in 2015when winning 4-2. Since then they have lost two and drawn once. A draw does them little good in reality this time around, particularly as it’s a chance for them to go top of the table ahead of their title rivals playing later in the weekend.

For all Reims don’t score many at home they also don’t concede many. Their concession of 12 goals is only bettered by the current top two. So Lyon’s front three will have to be at the top of their game.


Key Facts – Reims vs Lyon Betting Tip

  • Reims come into the game unbeaten in their last eight home games in Ligue 1 (three wins, five draws)
  • Lyon have not lost any of their last 12 away from home in the league – winning eight
  • There has been no away victory in this fixture since 2015 (Lyon won 4-2)


Seven of Reims’ last nine at home have went under 2.5 goals whilst half of Lyon’s last 10 have done similar. That’s my selection on this occasion.

Best Betting Odds for Reims vs Lyon


Reims: 1/2 at Betvictor
Draw: 17/5 at Betvictor
Lyon: 6/1 at Betvictor