November 25, 2012
Toulouse v Lyon: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.6||1.4|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.1|
|Last 5 home||W-W-L-L-D||W-L-D-W-L|
|Last 5 away||W-L-D-L-W||D-W-W-L-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Toulouse | Lyon|
|3/8||H: Stade de Reims||3/9||A: Bordeaux|
|3/15||A: Stade Rennes||3/16||H: AS Monaco|
|3/22||H: Evian Thonon Gaillard||3/23||A: Guingamp|
|3/29||A: AC Ajaccio||3/29||H: St Etienne|
|4/5||H: Lille||4/5||A: Valenciennes|
Lyon coach Remi Garde is not paying too much attention to the Ligue 1 table at this stage of the season.
Garde's side, who travel to Toulouse tomorrow, went into the weekend's fixtures top of the standings after a run of three wins and a draw from their last four games.
However, Garde is not getting carried away with positions just yet.
He told the club website: "Being in top spot doesn't change anything for this match, especially this far out from the end of the season.
"I'm thinking more about the way we've played in recent matches to see what parts of our game we should keep and which should be corrected or thrown out.''
Toulouse boss Alain Casanova, though, believes their opponents have already shown themselves to be title contenders.
"This season we are dealing with a Lyon side with fewer individuals than in the past, but with a collective strength,'' he said.
"Lyon no longer rely on the talent of one, two or three players, but a team.
"They are real contenders for the title, this is the team that can really challenge Paris St Germain.''
Casanova has plenty for himself to worry about, with three straight defeats having dropped his team back down to ninth from a position of promise.
But Garde knows Toulouse's early-season form is proof they can pose a threat.
He said: "They're perhaps in slightly less intimidating form than they have been but they're a side who, in their last three or four seasons, haven't just caused problems for Lyon.
"They're solid with a promising squad.''