Toulouse’s hopes of avoiding relegation increased last round after winning 2-0 against Caen. It was a very determined performance and the victory was well deserved.
Toulouse have been very convincing on home ground in the last two games, and most probably they will once again show the same level of determination this week.
Since coach Dupraz arrived the most visible improvement is in the defensive phase. They are more solid now and can’t be caught on the wrong foot that easily, like it used to happen in the first part of the season. Fullback Tisserand used to be mostly a bench warmer, but now he is a regular central defender and things look promising for Toulouse.
Hosts will welcome back young midfielder Machach after suspension.
Great performance from Bastia last week against Marseille (won 2-1). Once again Bastia showed increased levels of organization and opponents had major difficulties in pushing the game forward.
In the last three rounds Bastia have conceded around 1 goal per game, but the truth is they have one of the best defense in the tournament, and most their efforts evolve around the defensive phase.
From an attacking point of view they sometimes perform at Ligue2 level (last round for instance they scored following a penalty and an own goal, and there was no other real chance), but everyone is happy as long as the defense is powerful.
Toulouse have an advantage here, but not like the bookies suggest. Bastia was always a difficult opponent and Toulouse just began picking up form.
UPDATE: Bastia will miss defender Squillaci due to injury
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – I.Diop, Moubandje, Ninkov, S.Yago, Kana-Biyik, Tisserand – Akpa-Akpro, Bodiger, Blin, Sirieix, T.Doumbia, E.Didot, Trejo, Regattin – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite
Bastia: J-L.Leca, Hansen – Cioni, Jebbour, Djiku, Marange, Peybernes, Modesto, Palmieri – Cahuzac, Mostefa, S.Fofana, Danic, Ngando – Brandao, Kamano, F.Ayite