Match - Sun 2 October, 21:00, Parc des Princes
|26. (90 + 1’)|
Duel at the top
Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
The Parisians may be shining in the championship, as they did during their victory 3-0 on Montpellier’s pitch in their last encounter, but they stumbled on Thursday evening in their European clash against Athletic Bilbao, 2-0, thereby putting an end to their series of ten matches with no losses across all their competitions.
With Ménez and Gameiro being rested and Matuidi on the bench, Antoine Kombouaré’s men were dominated by a much more entrepreneurial Basque team and even ended at ten after the expulsion of Sissoko at the start of the second half.
The return of some of their key players should change the status quo against Lyon, who will certainly find themselves face to face with a very different Parisian team to the one that challenged Bilbao.
The Lyonnais are enjoying huge success themselves, both on the national (3-1 win against Bordeaux) as well as European (2-0 victory against Dinamo Zagreb) scene.
The extended absence of several key players in the Gones’ cloakroom was perfectly compensated for by an impeccable formation lead by Hugo Lloris, Kim Kallstrom, Michel Bastos and Bafé Gomis.
Yoann Gourcuff and Clément Grenier will be excluded from the trip to Paris, but Lisandro, Cris and Ederson have taken up training again and their presence in the group is not totally out of the question.
This is a real ''six points'' match between the leader and the runner-up and a victory for either one could be important in the race for the title.