Toulouse vs Lyon
French Ligue 1 2016/17
Date: Friday, 29th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: Stade de Toulouse.
Toulouse has been winless in two of their last three matches. Their current slide followed a three-game winning run which allowed the team to settle in the fourth spot of the current league table, only two points behind third-running team and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain and eight points adrift of league leaders OGC Nice.
TFC was held to a goalless tie by middling team Angers SCO on the road at the Stade Jean-Bouin last Saturday for their second drawn match of the season, as per ESPN.
It was the second winless performance for head coach Pascal Dupraz's side in the past three rounds after losing to Caen, 0-1, in round 8 before pulling off a 3-1 upset win over Monaco in round 9.
Meanwhile, erstwhile league leaders Lyon continued its descent in the standings after losing to surprise contenders En Avant de Guingamp, 1-3, also last Saturday at their own home field of Stade des Lumieres, the National reported.
Les Gones actually netted the opening goal of the contest with a successful penalty kick from French striker Alexandre Lacazette in the 37th, which gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the halftime break.
However, Guingamp entered the second half energized to score three goals, completely erasing Lyon's first half lead. The lackluster defense of head coach André Villas-Boas' men in the second period also contributed to his team's loss.
Guingamp forward Yannis Salibur netted the equalizer just one minute after the restart before midfielder Marcus Coco scored a brace in the 52nd and 77th minute to hand the hosts their second straight defeat.
With the loss, Lyon dropped to the 10th spot of the league table with only two wins in their last six matches.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Head-to-Head Stats
Toulouse was defeated by Lyon in the league fixture of last season – 2-3 at home. They are currently on a three match winning run over Lyon and have drawn once in the last five home matches against Lyon.
While Lyon are on a losing streak, they have only managed to draw with Marseille on 0-0 away match. The three consecutive match following this, have all ended up in a loss.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Prediction
Based on the five consecutive wins for Toulouse at home, even defeating Paris SG to a 2-0 victory on the Ligue 1- Round 7 match, held at Stadium Municipal, Toulouse. It’s evident that they will be entering this match as favourites. However, Lyon gets the favourite tag from the bookies as they are a more resilient force and will be eagerly looking for goals so as to put to an end their losing momentum. Evidently, this will be the kind of match that will be a do or die scenario.
But one thing we can expect is that goals will be scored from both sides. Although both teams will also put on a tactful defence strategy; we are banking on an under 1.5 goals to be scored within the first half. Also judging from their last previous encounters, they have managed to attain over 2.5 goals in four out of their five matches. Therefore, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is a definite pick for this game.
I will be anticipating a 2-1 victory for Toulouse. Alternatively, I will also be backing a HT/FT pick for the home team at 1/1.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Betting Tips
Toulouse to win at 2.80
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals
Correct Score: Toulouse 2-1 Lyon