Lille finally got their first away from home Ligue1 win in 2016, after a convincing performance at Bastia (Lille won 2-1).
Midfielder Boufal scored a goal and delivered many key passes, and was once again the man of the match. In-fact all Lille’s midfielders were surprisingly active, and they easily switched play from one side to the other, taking opponents by surprise.
Although they conceded, Lille were very confident and lucid in the defensive phase. Central defenders Basa and Civelli received constant support, even if key midfielder Mavuba started only on the bench.
All in all, this may have been Lille’s best away from home performance so far this season.
Last round it was the first time this season Toulouse scored 4 goals in a game (won 4-0 against Bordeaux). Actually it was the first time in a couple of seasons Toulouse got such a convincing victory.
Leaving aside the fact that two goals were from penalties, and the last goal was scored when nobody felt like playing anymore, Toulouse made a good game and were rewarded with a result that still gives them hope of saving the season.
Besides adding bit of aggressiveness new coach Dupraz hasn’t changed much, and the result last round will most probably prove to be an isolated incident.
Guests will have to do without young central midfielder Blin who is suspended.
Time is running out for Toulouse and they don’t exactly afford to sit back and wait for Lille to open up. Toulouse may end up perfect victims away at a side in good form and with increased playing appetite. LILLE -0.5 at 2.00
UPDATE: Toulouse will miss young midfielders Blin and Machach, both of them suspended
Lille: Elana, Enyeama – D.Sidibé, Soumaoro, Civelli, Basa, Sunzu, Y.Koné – Mavuba, Obbadi, Balmont, I.Amadou, M.Amalfitano, Boufal, R.Lopes, Bauthéac – Benzia, Eder
Toulouse: Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – I.Diop, Moubandje, Somalia, Ninkov, S.Yago, Kana-Biyik, Tisserand – Bodiger, Sirieix, T.Doumbia, E.Didot, Trejo, Regattin – Ben Yedder, Pesic, Braithwaite