It was really a shame that Sochaux got only a draw last week away at Bastia (ended 2-2). Sochaux were clearly better, especially in first half when they kept it tight at the back and also managed to score twice.
In second half they still applied pressure, created dangerous opportunities, but got a bit shallow in the finishing phase and missed a couple of great chances.
Especially impressive was the game down the flanks, where both fullbacks and wingers seem to be Sochaux’s major strength. The actions on the wings are very unpredictable as they can finish in long balls inside the penalty area, incursions by wingers inside the box or short passes on the edge of the penalty area.
Sochaux will welcome back striker Bakambu after suspension. He can be a good addition for the attacking phase if he stops playing around with chances.
Toulouse made an incredibly poor game last round against Lille (lost 2-1). For 70 minutes there was just one team on the field and Toulouse managed to create a couple of chances only after Lille got 2 red cards.
Lille were very organized and Toulouse simply didn’t had any solutions to open them up.
Defensively Toulouse got surprised many times by short, fast and repetitive passes. In-spite having 3 central midfielders they simply got overwhelmed in midfield.
Central defender Zebina was left outside the squad as he was punished for the poor performance against Ajaccio two rounds ago. He will also miss this game as well.
Toulouse may welcome back forward Braithwaite who’s been injured for about 2 weeks.
Regardless Toulouse’s poor efforts last round they have what it takes to score against the second worst defense in Ligue1. Bookies make Sochaux big time favorites (probably because of motivation and the home factor) but the game will be far more balanced than the odds suggest.
UPDATE: Sochaux’s midfielder Guerbert who suffered a serious injury a while back is finally fit again. Forward Braithwaite is also back for Toulouse.
Sochaux: .Pelé, Pouplin – Faussurier, Carlão, L.Zouma, Marange, Corchia, Sunzu – Prcic, Ilaimaharitra, Contout, Sinkala, Boukari, Roudet, Guerbert – J.Ayew, Mayuka, Bakambu
Toulouse: Blondel, Boucher – Aurier, I.Sylla, Veskovac, Yago, Spajic, Akpa-Akpro – Chantôme, Aguilar, E.Didot, Furman, Sirieix, Trejo, Regattin, Roman – Braithwaite, Ben Basat, Ben Yedder