Preview - Lyon vs Toulouse 02 April 2018

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Match Day 31
Lyon vs Toulouse
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Lyon: 
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Nabil Fakir and Mariano (16)

Toulouse:
Last five matches form: D D D L D
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (6)

Two sides with very differing targets for the remainder of the season meet at the Groupama Stadium in the last of the Match Day 31 games in Ligue 1. Champions League chasing Lyon are the hosts as relegation threatened Toulouse come to town.

Lyon face a major headache in attack with both Nabil Fakir and Mariano - who have 32 goals between them - set to miss out. Memphis Depay is in excellent form at present and will be relied upon to provide the main attacking impetus in their absence.

The suspended Steeve Yago and injured Quentin Boisgard definitely miss out for Toulouse who are also sweating on the fitness of Christopher Julien.

Toulouse arrive here on their best away run of the season, having beaten Nice and drawn with Amiens and Metz in their past three road trips. They have been aided in those two draws by seeing their opposition reduced to ten men on each occasion though. Prior to that win in Nice Les Violets had lost six on the spin on their travels.

Lyon are locked in a battle with Marseille for the final Champions League spot, and gave their chances a huge boost when coming out on top in a 3-2 thriller at Marseille last time out. They coped well without Nabil Fakir that day, and whilst the loss of Mariano is a blow here, Toulouse represent a significantly easier proposition than Marseille and Lyon should still have too much.

Prediction: Lyon 2 - 1 Toulouse

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 20 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Referee Benoit Bastien booked one player from each side; Lucas Tousart for Lyon, and Yannick Cahuzac for Toulouse.

As expected Memphis Depay was asked to lead the attacking charge in the absence of both Mariano and Nabil Fakir. In excellent form of late, the Dutchman delivered all that was asked of him.

Toulouse struggled to play out from the back at times here, and it was this inadequacy which led to the opener in the 23rd minute. An aimless ball lofted up the line being easily cut out by Lyon and played inside, from there to the edge of the box and a layoff for the on-rushing Depay. With the keeper seemingly having lost his bearings due to the swiftness of the attack, Depay simply swept the ball into the left-hand side of the goal.

Lyon had doubled their advantage by half time. Despite Ndombele being in the far corner of the 18 yard box and facing away from goal, Ibrahim Sangare still saw fit to bundle him down from behind. The inevitable result being a penalty kick. No mistake from Depay, finding the bottom corner with aplomb.

Both sides had decent chances in the second half with Yay Sanogo going close for Toulouse and Houssem Aouar having an excellent chance for Lyon. No change to the score line though. 2-0 it remained.

With Marseille having already posted a victory this week, this was an important win for Lyon. Marseille occupy the third Champions League position, but Lyon continue to cling on to their coattails and sit just two points back in fourth.

This was always likely to prove a tall order for Toulouse and so it proved. Other results could certainly have been worse though and they stay outside the relegation zone for now, albeit by just the one point.

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