Hosts finished the first part of the season bouncing back and recovering after a series of unfortunate results.
Their weakest point is by far the defense that doesn’t have the strength to resist attacks. Especially at home Troyes always push harder making them even more prone to mistakes at the back. Forward Yattara got injured in the Cup game and will miss, but most probably he wouldn’t have been a starter anyway.
Lyon were eliminated from a Cup they did not care much about. They missed several important players that now will return: Offensive midfielders Lacazette and Gourcuff, and defenders Lovren and Umtiti that were suspended. Needless to say that they will have a different look now. Still, midfielders Grenier and Briand are injured, but it won’t be the first round Lyon will play without them. Lyon embraced the winter break maybe more than any other French team.
Tiredness could be easily seen in the way they play. Europa League games, PSG’s rhythm and injuries took out the best of them. Now they are fresh and will resume playing the way they did when Ligue1 first started: with many dangerous actions, shots on goal and through balls. They never had a wall like defense and sadly for them this cannot be improved without new arrivals.
This will be a game with many opportunities for both sides. If you’ll watch this game and decide to make a sandwich for 5 minutes there are big chances that you’ll miss a goal… Over 2.5 goals should pay…