Rennes had to play against 12 last round (lost 2-1 at Valenciennes). They controlled most of the game, applied pressure, took the lead early in the second half, but at one point the referee decided to tilt the balance.
A red card and a penalty made the difference.
Striker Toivonen scored again, reaching a total of 5 goals since arriving in France. It’s not necessarily the number of goals scored that’s impressive, but the way he fits in, and the confidence teammates have when they know Toivonen is at the receiving end.
Polish right winger Grosicki is also becoming indispensable for Rennes’ playing style. He was very active last round against Valenciennes and many of Rennes’ actions started on that side.
The only problem is with winger Alessandrini and attacking midfielder Kadir. If Alessandrini still moves around a bit, Kadir is simply dragging the team down. The good news is that midfielder Feret can return after injury and most likely will take Kadir’s place in the lineup.
Defenders still give away spaces and this situation will continue this round, especially since central defender Kana-Biyik got a red card and will miss.
Opponents Toulouse took part in a 5 goals thriller against Reims last round (won 3-2). in the first half they were under complete siege and conceded twice without any kind of reply.
Something happened in the locker room and after the break Toulouse grew wings. They applied continuous pressure and managed to score 3 times, winning the game in the end.
Forwards Ben Basat and Ben Yeder scored again just like two weeks ago. Forward Braithwaite was injured but will return this week. But unfortunately for him the good form of the other forwards will most likely push Braithwaite on the bench.
There are 2 things Rennes and Toulouse have in common: open spaces at the back and in-form forwards. There’s only one possible bet in these circumstances: over 2.5 goals at 2.20.
UPDATE: Toulouse’s central defender Spajic was give a suspension. Another reason for going for goals.
Rennes: Ndiaye, Costil – Boye, Armand, Emerson, M’Bengue, Danzé, Moreira – Bakayoko, Doucouré, Makoun, Kadir, Alessandrini, Konradsen – Toivonen, Grosicki, Pitroipa, Romero, N.Oliveira
Toulouse: Blondel, Boucher – Aurier, Sylla, Veskovac, Ninkov, Yago, Zebina – Chantôme, Aguilar, Didot, Trichard, Furman, Sirieix, Trejo – Ben Basat, Ben Yedder, Braithwaite.