The first half between Ajaccio and Valenciennes was very dull (finished 0-0), but in the second half all hell broke loose (Ajaccio won 3-2).
The spaces in Ajaccio’s defense were so huge that military convoys could easily pass. Keeper Ochoa was simply overwhelmed and didn’t know if he should follow the ball or stay close to the opponents left unmarked.
This is not an isolated incident as it’s been happening for about a month already, time in which Ajaccio got to had the leakiest Ligue1 defense.
The only good news is the offensive players are doing their job with professionalism. Midfielders Lasne and Andre represent Ajaccio’s engine. They are involved in all offensive actions without exception.
Ajaccio also discovered an unfurnished gem, 18 years old striker Baradji who scored twice last round on his Ligue1 debut, giving Ajaccio their first away win this season. So from an offensive point of view hosts definitely look good.
Ajaccio will welcome back midfielder Goncalves who was suspended last round. Play-maker Cavalli should also return after missing a couple of weeks through injury.
Defensively Toulouse were kind of a let down last round against Evian (finished 1-1). We could see many failed interceptions, wrong clearances, and if the opponent would have been more powerful Toulouse could have lost the game, in-spite controlling it.
With the exception of last week, Toulouse recently scores at least 2 goals per game regardless the opponents (even against PSG they scored twice). Creativity is at high levels and players involved in the offensive phase are in good form.
Although they scored only once last round, the opportunities were numerous and were created through various means (short and fast passes, long passes, through balls).
Toulouse will miss forward Braithwaite due to injury, but the partnership Ben Yedder – Ben Basat seems to be working better anyway.
With both defenses not in the best of moments and attacking players showing increased playing appetite, betting on goals is the logical choice. Over 2.5 goals at 2.05.
UPDATE: Ajaccio are still without play-maker Cavalli. Same bet.
Ajaccio: Ochoa, O.Sissoko – M.Leca, Nadeau, Ait-Yahya, Perozo, Hengbart, Bonnart – R.Faty, S.Diarra, Remiti, André, Lasne, Gonçalves, Mostefa – Tallo, Baradji, A.Camara
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Aurier, I.Sylla, Verskovac, Ninkov, Yago, Spajic, Zebina – Chantôme, Aguilar, E.Didot, Furman, Sirieix, Trejo – Ben Basat, Ben Yedder, Trichard