After a disappointing Coupe de la Ligue exit and an unfulfilling 1-1 draw with Reims in Ligue 1 Conforama, OL look to get back to winning ways Wednesday evening against Toulouse. Bagging all three points while also improving in front of goal are the main objectives for Bruno Genesio's men ahead of this weekend's derby at Saint-Etienne.
Les Gones have no more room for errors if they plan on staying in the top three of the standings. More than a rehearsal for the derby, Wednesday's visit to Toulouse is the perfect opportunity to get a positive result and close the gap on second-place Lille. A win is all the more important, as Lyon are tied on points (33) with a Saint-Etienne side that has the same exact record (9 wins, 6 draws, 4 defeats). Only a two-goal differential gives OL a slight edge in the table.
With only one win (as well as two draws and seven losses) in 10 Ligue 1 Conforama matches, Toulouse must righten the ship... and soon. Currently 14th in the standings, the Violets need to turn things around as quickly as possible to avoid the same setbacks experienced last year as they fought to stay in the French top flight. The situation is therefore alarming for a club that's all but forced to get a good result in order to come out of a negative spiral. And they are very much capable of it, as they recently proved in a 4-1 Coupe de France blowout win over Nice.
Who's in, who's out
Genesio can count on the majority of the squad when choosing his Starting XI. Only Amine Gouiri and Rafael, still recovering from their respective injuries, and the suspended Fernando Marçal will miss the match. For his part, Toulouse manager Alain Casanova also has practically his entire team at his disposal. That said, defensive midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré will be absent due to an injury that's kept him out of action since October.