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Finish the year in style...

Published on the 20 December 2014 à 20:00 by R.B

90 minutes from the Christmas break, Les Lyonnais head to Bordeaux… Against a Girondins side, sitting five points adrift on the ladder, OL have the chance to cap off an excellent first half of the season...

Could the elimination from the last-16 of the Coupe de la Ligue against AS Monaco leave its mark? Not necessarily, even if Les Lyonnais have bowed out of a Cup competition that promised plenty, including playing time for certain members of the squad. And given that Les Girondins went through the same thing against Lille, both are level on that count...

At the Stade Chaban-Delmas, OL will take on one of the two sides (the other being PSG) that are still undefeated at home this season: 6 wins and 2 draws; 16 goals scored, 8 conceded. But they will be without their first-choice 'keeper Carrasso. That's a definite blow to their side, as we saw against Nantes… But they remain a team that have looked the part since the summer arrival of new coach Willy Sagnol. But are they a side capable of battling for a place in Europe? Or even in the top three? Les Girondins will get an idea of where they stand on Sunday...

OL won three in a row after their derby defeat. They are back, hot on the heels of OM and PSG, and could even overtake them this weekend, while also keeping their pursuers at a considerable distance. After 18 rounds of the league, the seven time champions can have plenty of ambition on the back of their 36 points… Anything can happen… So it would be good to finish the year on a high note.

Hubert Fournier made changes for the Coupe de la Ligue. So fresh legs should return on Sunday (Jallet, Bisevac, Tolisso). There will be absentees with Malbranque, B. Koné, Benzia all out. Yoann Gourcuff could start after looking good off the bench against AS Monaco. Who will partner Lacazette in attack?

OL, excellent at home having taken 27 points from a possible 30, have picked up only 9 on the road (2 wins and 3 draws). It's the moment to make a point against another excellent home performer. It may just be enough to be leading the league at the halfway mark... now wouldn't that look nice under the Christmas tree...?

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