Last round Nantes clearly lost the battle in midfield and ended up losing 2-0 against Marseille.
Nantes applied their usual strategy and focused mostly on defending. They have solid players doing the defensive phase but the constant pressure coming from a powerful side was too much for Nantes to handle.
At times they tried to hit back and surprise the opponent on counters. Attacking midfielders Veretout and Gakpe were mostly used as bait and dragged opponents after them. Most of the passes for striker Bammou came from fullbacks Cissokho and Veigneau after attacking midfielders cleared the path. It almost worked out against Marseille and most likely the results will be more positive against Toulouse.
Toulouse once again dominated but in lack a coherent strategy they ended up losing 3-2 against Lorient. In only 10 minutes Toulouse conceded 3 goals and regardless the offensive change in formation (Regatting and Braithwaite entered the field) it was impossible for them to get back in the game.
All central midfielders had disappointing performances, even Doumbia who scored a goal. Upfront they failed to create numerical superiority and in defense the support for teammates was never in time.
It will be hard for Toulouse to improve this round seeing that important central midfielder Aguilar will miss through suspension. His absence will affect all departments.
Toulouse are losing form and confidence with each round and their morale is also deteriorating. They never change strategy, regardless the opponent, and always embrace a savage attitude that usually backfires. Nantes have the necessary technical skills and organization to resist Toulouse’s pressure and strike on counters. Nantes -0.25 at 2.05
UPDATE: Nantes’ striker Bammou is in the squad but appears to be doubtful so his presence in the lineup is questionable.
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, Cissokho, Djilobodji, Hansen, Veigneau, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Nkoudou, Veretout – Audel, Bammou, Is.Bangoura, Gakpé, Shechter
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Akpa Akpro, Moubandje, Spano, Ninkov, Spajic, I.Sylla, Tisserand, Veskovac – E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic f