Toulon vs Lyon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 18 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Toulon are another surprisingly big team that has started the season poorly, but are looking to claw their way back up as they have reached the top five. The Galacticos will also be looking forward to welcoming a team like Lyon to their home ground as the latter team has been struggling throughout.
Lyon have the advantage of not having to associate themselves with the bottom two of the log, as they are way behind Lyon who are third bottom currently. Lyon have 33 points, and their eyes are pointed upwards to the two teams who are in touching distance of them, Stade Francais and Brive. Lyon however are another team that really has had no luck away from home, so with this game at the tough ground of Toulon, they will have to feel this may be a bridge too far.
Toulon in the meantime are up to fifth in the log, and again, this is a team used to winning leagues, it is not the best they can do, but a good showing after they were near the bottom half of the table at one stage. Toulon have been too reliant on home wins, and although this next match is another home game, if they are to make a real push they need to be more flexible with their star-studded team to be able to win anywhere. Toulon will be eyeing Lyon for a potential bonus point too though as five points could see them rocket up to third if things go their way.
Toulon vs Lyon: Current form
Toulon are coming off two losses, and a close win before that, so it is hard to say they are in sparkling form, but those three games were all tough ones.
Lyon in the meantime have been going about winning home games, and losing away games, but they did manage a good home win against Racing not too long ago.
Toulon vs Lyon: Prediction
Lyon would have a real chance of picking up the prized scalp of Toulon if they were at home, but with the game being played in the south of France, Toulon will definitely be the favourite. There is also the missing players to national duty to consider, and that will affect Toulon less as their squad has very good depth.
Toulon vs Lyon: Tips
Expect the internationals in Toulon to shine, and to get the tries, especially their potent wingers, Joshua Tuisova and James O’Connor.