Lyon 1.55, Draw 4.00, Toulouse 6.00 – Sunday 13.00 GMT
Even more than Marseille, Lyon are the surprise package of the season so far. At the end of September they were bottom of the table with three defeats in four league game. Now they are just second, two points behind the leaders Marseille and on a run of only one defeat in their last 17 games in all competitions.
Like PSG, they started 2015 well with a good win against Lens (3-2) in the French Cup despite conceding two late goals. But they are on fire at the moment. They ended 2014 with the demolition of Bordeaux in Bordeaux (5-0), and they have worked well during the winter break to keep their form into the New Year. This is an easy game to restart the league as well.
Lyon are the best team in Ligue 1 at home this season while Toulouse have been bad away from home (only three wins in 10 league games so far). Alexandre Lacazette is also on fire with 17 league goals in 19 games. He has been the best player of Ligue 1 in the first half of the season. He has been walking on water and there is no doubt that Lyon’s rest of the season will depend on him.
If he keeps performing at that level, they can even win the title. They have to keep him fit as well. They also have to keep the other key players fit by the way: Lopes, Gonalons, Fekir. Lyon’s collective is so strong on top of Lacazette’s talent that the club feels they can beat PSG and Marseille to be crowned champions. Their quest starts this Sunday at home to Toulouse. At kick-off, they could be third behind Paris and five points behind Marseille too. So the pressure will be high too but they have showed so far this season that they can cope with that.
In the meantime, Toulouse struggle offensively (22 goals only in 19 games). The visitors are not having a good season. They are 14th in the table, only two points clear of the bottom three. They have won just once in their last seven games in all competitions.
Lyon lost at Toulouse (2-1) in Week 2 this season when they were going through a bad patch. They want their revenge on Sunday and it could be a real hammering for the visitors.
Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to score first at 3.50. My best tip is Lyon to win both halves at 4.40.
Score prediction: Lyon 3 Toulouse 0 at 12.50