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Just as strong on the road…

Published on the 31 October 2014 à 20:05 by R.B

Just about invincible at home, OL still haven't won on the road this season… Nice are coming off a huge win over Guingamp before being eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue… It's a chance to confirm the club's position in the top three...

Olympique Lyonnais are on a great run of 7 matches without defeat and 17 points taken on a fantastic climb from 17th to 3rd place. The results have flowed at home with five wins from five. But the club is still impatient for more. Especially to find out how they go away from the Stade de Gerland. Yes the team has already brought back draws from Paris (2nd) and Nantes (5th), which is not to be sneezed at. Yes, they lost earlier this season away to Toulouse and Metz with a number of players missing. Yes, they've only played four matches away from home this term, but the results, and the promising play displayed, have hopes high of a first away win against a Nice side that sit just three points adrift on the ladder.

Les Aiglons have 17 points and are blowing hot and cold. They destroyed Guingamp away, after losing at home to Sporting Bastia. They also beat Monaco in Week 8. But they were eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties against Metz on Wednesday. Hard to tell which Nice will show up on Sunday. Digard is missing. Cvitanich is back from injury in an otherwise young squad. And all eyes will be on Carlos Eduardo, who netted 5 goals against EAG. Without forgetting Pléa, the former OL player who is looking better and better...

It's a tricky away match... A chance to build on recent form... But Les Lyonnais will be without their captain Maxime Gonalons, suspended, and without Jordan Ferri, injured. Hubert Fournier will have to change 50% of his midfield. Malbranque, Mvuemba… they are options for a side that remained unchanged for the last three games. Expectation also surrounds the growing influence of Yoann Gourcuff. The Breton has been getting better and better...

OL has the potential to extend its unbeaten run. A win would confirm the sides growing confidence and, at the very least, keep pace with Paris and Marseille. A draw wouldn't be a bad result and would keep the side in the hunt. We know the tune: unbeatable at home, tenacious away... third spot is in the club's sights... This trip to the Côte d’Azur carries a lot of hope for the future. Let's hope it delivers...

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