Although they conceded twice Lyon had an easy game in the French Cup away at Lens (won 3-2). Lyon had a comfortable 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to go, got superficial and conceded twice but there was never the danger of extra time.
Even if they aren’t topping the league it’s been a while since Lyon had such a good season. Striker Lacazette is in amazing form and big European clubs like Manchester City showed increased interest in transferring him. Young Fekir is also in great form and so far this is the best season in his career.
From an offensive point of view Lyon are doing wonderful and things can only improve once important creative midfielders Gourcuff and Grenier will return from injury (Gourcuff could return this round).
Lyon will miss forwards N’Jie and Yattara who are away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.
This season Toulouse played very courageously in every single game. At Toulouse studying the opponent and adapting the tactics has no meaning… Most likely they don’t even have an opposition scout on the payroll.
Toulouse use the same strategy regardless the opponent and the favorite status. In most games they are highly active and adventure upfront without hesitation. They have conceded 1.52 goals per game so far and most likely this number will get bigger after the game against Lyon who are highly efficient upfront.
Important central defender Grigore suffered an injury in the Cup game against Bordeaux and is doubtful at the moment.
Don’t get the wrong idea, this game won’t be one sided as possession is always evenly split when Toulouse plays, but Lyon will be the ones having most goal scoring opportunities which hopefully they will convert. Lyon -1 at 2.02
UPDATE: Lyon will miss fullback Bedimo and and defender Kone away on international duty, but will welcome back midfielder Gourcuff. Toulouse will miss Akpa-Akpro, Sylla , Doumbia and Yago who are at the African Cup of Nations.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Jallet, Umtiti, Rose, Bisevac, M.Dabo – Tolisso, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ferri, Ghezzal, Malbranque, Gourcuff, Bahlouli, Fékir, Danic – Lacazette
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Grigore, Spano, Moubandje, Spajic, Tisserand, Ninkov, Veskovac – Aguilar, Didot, Regattin, Sirieix, Trejo, Benali – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic