Lyon are currently fifth in the Ligue 1 table on 48 points, six off the fourth-placed standing they would need to achieve to secure qualification for next year’s Europa League.
Holding that position at the moment are Saint-Etienne, the team who beat Remi Garde’s men 2-1 in their last league game on Sunday.
They will no doubt have been disappointed with the result, seeing as they had been level at half time and there was the added motivation of it being the Rhone Valley Derby.
Their scorer in that game was Alexandre Lacazette, who, although some way off Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tally of 25, is currently challenging former Napoli player Edison Cavani for second place in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts with 14.
The home advantage at the Stade de Gerland has not made a particular difference domestically in the same way that it has in the Europa League: their 2013/14 Ligue 1 record on home soil now reads six victories, seven draws and three defeats.
And ahead of taking them on in France this Thursday, the Bianconeri will perhaps take heart from the fact that Lyon’s overall recent run of form has not been spectacular: two wins, a draw and two defeats in their last five league outings.