Nothing Toulouse for Dupraz against Lyon?
Toulouse FC and their coach Pascal Dupraz welcome high-flying Olympique Lyonnais to the Stadium Municipal on Wednesday needing to win to guarantee going into the winter break above the relegation places.
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Le Téfécé were safely tucked away in tenth as recently as Week 13, but a run of four defeats in five subsequent Ligue 1 Conforama games has left the club just one point above LOSC in the relegation play-off place, and with an inferior goal-difference to both Les Dogues and Angers SCO, who are 19th.
Toulouse were beaten by promoted RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-1 last Saturday, and the scoreline would have been rather more embarrassing if not for a string of saves from their prodigious young goalkeeper, Alban Lafont.
Watch: Highlights of Toulouse's 2-1 loss at Strasbourg
"Too many players let themselves down but as always, it's the coach's responsibility," said Dupraz, before sounding an ominous note on his future. "I hope Toulouse will be back here to play in Ligue 1, whether it's with or without me. Le Racing are back. It's magical for them. Congratulations to the people of Strasbourg."
Toulouse have not beaten Lyon since August 2014, when Wissam Ben Yedder scored what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory. How Dupraz could do with the Sevilla man's goals now, with Jimmy Durmaz, who has three from midfield, not expected back until into the New Year after injuring his groin in September. Switzerland left-back François Moubandje is lacking match fitness, meanwhile.
Lyon saw their own chief goal-getter Alexandre Lacazette leave for Arsenal in the summer, but Bruno Génésio has had little trouble replacing the France international, with the acquisition of Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid proving particularly inspired.
OL - but for a 12-goal swing - will celebrate Christmas in third after beating nearest challengers Olympique de Marseille 2-0 on Sunday night. Nabil Fekir opened the scoring before Mariano bagged his 13th goal of the campaign, meaning only Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao have scored more, but Génésio reserved special praise for his goalkeeper.
Watch: Highlights of Lyon's 2-0 win over Marseille!
"We're on course to finish in the top three, but nothing is decided," said the coach at his post-match press conference. "Marseille were written off far too readily. They're a quality side and it'll be a tough fight until the end of the season. We were fortunate to be in front at the break and that was down to Anthony Lopes' goalkeeping."
Bertrand Traoré is Lyon's only injury concern with a knee complaint, but the visitors are likely to rotate their side regardless, with Memphis Depay and Jordan Ferri in particular pushing for starts after impressing off the bench against Marseille.
Toulouse: Lafont; Yago, Diop, Jullien, Amian; Jean, Imbula, Blin, Gradel; Toivonen, Delort
Lyon: Lopes; Rafael, Marcelo, Morel, Marçal; Tousart, Aouar; Cornet; Fekir, Depay; Mariano Diaz
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