Lyon vs Toulouse by Neuro
Lyon confirmed their good form with a 3:2 victory on the road against Lens, Ligue 2 side last weekend. Even though they showed good offensive performance, their defense could have done a bit better job. They imposed their well known rhythm and tempo from the first moment, getting a double lead already after first thirteen minutes with goals from Fekir and Lacazette.
At 29th minute it was already 3:0 for them with a goal from Dabo, while the visitors lowered the tempo and allowed their hosts to score twice in the second half, however not bringing their victory into further danger, with the second goal being scored in last moments before the full time whistle. This was their fifth victory in last six matches, as the team currently holds very high second position in Ligue 1 and are actually back in the title race almost out of nowhere. They are now only two points away from leading Marseille and could get at the top of the table with a victory here, which surely is their primary goal now. Long term absentee, defensive midfielder Gueida Fofana has fully recovered from injury, but probably won't be risked already. Playmaker Yoann Gourcuff (7/3) is also recovered, but might come from the bench here. Left back Henri Bedimo (13/0), forward Clinton N'Jie (13/1) and central defender Bakary Kone (10/1) are out with African Cup of Nations duty.
Having in mind poor form Toulouse currently is, it wasn't expect from them to progress to the next stage of French Cup, as the team had to play against Bordeaux away from home last weekend. All they could do is to professionally accept the defeat against a side that looked so much better on the field and deservedly passed to the next stage.
Hosts took the lead with a goal from Toure from the penalty kick in tenth minute, adding another one in the repetition in 71st minute via same player, while the players of Toulouse only managed to reduce the deficit to final 2:1 result in 84th minute also from the penalty kick taken by Ben Yedder. This was fourth game in a row with no victory for them, as the team counts only two three pointers in last thirteen matches in all competitions. Currently, they are still safely placed above the relegation zone, but now with only two points difference between them and 18th placed Evian. The club isn't very happy that the African Cup of Nations is about to start, as they will be without quartet defensive midfielder Tongo Doumbia (14/2), central back Steeve Yago (3/0) and midfielders Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (16/1) and Issiaga Sylla (11/1) in next few weeks. Left back William Matheus (8/0) and midfielder Mihai Roman remain sidelined through injury and won't play this month for sure.
Lyon is in a very good form at the moment, working especially well in the attack finally and there is probably nothing Toulouse can do about it. Hosts, in case they play anything close to their potential, can get an rather easy victory here being sure winners from the first halftime already.