Montpellier may have deserved more last round away at Lorient, seeing they were more pushy and created the best of chances (finished 1-1). In all fairness we should mention that Montpellier played against 10 for an entire half, but they were already in control before the red card.
Finally there was a real improvement in Montpellier’s play. Midfielder Martin was more involved in the game and often engaged in actions with playmaker Boudebouz. With both these midfielders in good form, Montpellier have a real chance of starting a series of positive results.
Things can only improve in the near future as skilled midfielder Sanson is pretty close of returning from injury.
Another disappointing display from Toulouse last week against Nantes, but at least this time they got a draw (finished 0-0).
At Toulouse there seems to be a big gap between departments, as midfielder Akpa-Akpro is the only one pushing the game forward. About a month ago midfielder Machach also took part in the creative process and Toulouse looked better, but unfortunately he suffered an injury, lost form and is now only a bench warmer.
Young keeper Lafont (17 years old) made some excellent saves last round and was Toulouse’s best player. Unfortunately he suffered an injury and is doubtful ahead of this game.
It’s going to be a difficult end of the season for Toulouse. There are still plenty of rounds to go, but it seems that coach Arribage isn’t even trying to find solutions. Montpellier are definitely in a better form, and have a good chance to distance themselves from the relegation zone. MONTPELLIER -0.5 at 2.10
UPDATE: Toulouse welcome back keeper Lafont and forward Braithwaite
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Deplagne, Hilton, Congré, Bensebaini, Roussillon, W.Rémy – Saihi, J.Marveaux, J.Martin, Br.Dabo, Skhiri, Boudebouz, Ninga, Bérigaud, M.Yatabaré, So.Camara
Toulouse: Goicoechea, Lafont – Moubandje, Somalia, Spajic, Tisserand, I.Diop, Yago – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, E.Didot, Sirieix, Machach, Regattin, Trejo – Pesic, Braithwaite, Ben Yedder