Toulouse vs Lyon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 19 March 2017
Kick-off: 12:30 CET
Toulouse must be one of the most frustrated, and frustrating teams to watch, they are down in 10th on the log yet they have hardly lost a single game by more than 10 points, coming close too often. Now, at home, against a struggler like Lyon, they will hope losing, by any margin, is not even on the cards.
Lyon may not be the worst team in the competition, but they have been for a long time just above the two teams who sit rooted to the bottom – Grenoble and Bayonne. However, they have recently taken their first steps to come out of that shadow by jumping over Stade Francais – who may not be around for much longer – with a one point advantage. Beating Stade Francais by a small margin in their last game – at home – got them to that point, but even more important was the win the managed at home to the high flying Montpellier where they kept them down to scoring a single penalty. Lyon have won eight and drawn two of their 20 games, meaning a 50 percent non-losing ratio, and as predicted most of those positive results have been at home, thus, Toulouse will be the happier of these sides.
For Toulouse, they are in striking distance of Lyon, seeing as they sit only two points clear of their opponents this weekend. It will worry the famous French side as they know Lyon are on a hot run, overtaking Stade most recently to reach this spot on the table. Toulouse are also not looking great in their own form as in the last four games they have lost all of them, and that includes two games at home, against the two form teams in La Rochelle and Pau. Toulouse, no matter how good they are in reputation, cannot take this game lightly because they have seen what form can do to them, having been beaten when they probably shouldn’t have against high flying teams.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Current form
Toulouse lost a tight one away to Brive most recently, and then went down to the new table topping La Rochelle also by a small margin of six points. They lost to Montpellier away as well as to Pau at home.
Lyon on the other hand are coming off two home wins, but before that it was two away losses in the usual way, against Toulon and Pau.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Prediction
You have to figure that even though Toulouse are on a losing streak, being at home to a side that has occupied bottom three for most of the season, they will have enough in them to get a much needed win. It won’t be pretty or even that impressive, but they should get the victory.
Toulouse vs Lyon: Tips
These teams are not exactly full of flair and confidence so it could be a bit of a grind. Bet on another small margin win for Toulouse – less than 10 points.