Lyon must be one of the most unluckiest sides in Ligue1. They have a huge number of injured players, some of which really important and could change the way Lyon look at the moment. Fullback Bedimo is out, central defenders Bisevac and Kone, midfielders Grenier and Fofana and key striker Fekir.
All of them could easily be regulars at any Ligue1 side competing for a place in Europe. In Champions League Lyon have difficulties without some of the mentioned players (lost 3-1 at Zenit in midweek) but in Ligue1 they still perform at high standards.
Yes, coach Fournier sometimes struggles to find solutions, but once a bit of chemistry is built Lyon can corner most Ligue1 sides. Last week coach Fournier was forced to start with Rafael as a left back (usually a right back) but the bet paid off as Rafael was extremely active and even scored the equalizer (finished 1-1 vs Monaco). Morel returned from injury this week and could substitute Rafael in the lineup.
Forwards Beauvue and Lacazette are not yet achieving full potential, but Lyon are lucky to have Valbuena who constantly pushes the game forward and engages in dangerous actions with both fullbacks who advance frequently.
At the moment there are no updates regarding the injured players so most probably there won’t be any comeback this week.
If Toulouse continue in this manner it won’t be long until coach Arribage will have to find a new team. Toulouse have only one win so far (in the 1st round) and it seems they are getting weaker as round goes by.
Last week they looked so determined in the first half hour and even took the lead pretty early, but collapsed completely after getting equalized (lost 2-1 vs Angers)
Toulouse lack confidence and a clear strategy, and although they have some talented players a new approach is needed otherwise they will compromise the entire season.
Toulouse will welcome back defenders Akpa-Akpro and Spajic after suspension.
Even if Toulouse will have a couple of moments of inspiration they simply aren’t capable of keeping up the same rythm for long. The final result should reflect a game fully controlled by Lyon. Lyon -0.75 at 1.95
UPDATE: Good news for Lyon as fullback Bedimo is back after injury
LYON: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Rafael, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Jallet, Morel – Ferri, Darder, Gonalons, Tolisso, Malbranque, Valbuena, Ghezzal – Cornet, Beauvue, Lacazette
TOULOUSE: Ahamada, Vidal – Kana-Biyik, Spajic, Matheus, Moubandje, Tisserand, Yago – Akpa-Akpro, Bodiger, E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Machach, Regattin, Sirieix, Somalia – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic