Although it finished goalless, the encounter between Toulouse and Troyes last week was very entertaining. Both sides created plenty of opportunities, but neither had enough inspiration to find the net (finished 0-0).
Last week Toulouse transferred central midfielder Imbula. He is a solid player, focused mostly on the defensive phase. Now Toulouse have 3 central midfielders who will concentrate primarily on the defensive phase (Somalia, Cahuzac and Imbula). It will be difficult for opponents to find a way through, but in the same time, Toulouse will have to build attacking actions only down the wings.
Bordeaux controlled the game against Lille last week, but it wasn’t such a difficult task, seeing they played in numerical superiority for about an hour.
But in spite dominating the midfield, Bordeaux lacked creativity and couldn’t really get inside the penalty box. New forward De Preville played the entire game, was a bit isolated and had difficulties understanding teammates’ intentions.
In defense Bordeaux seem to have improved in comparison to previous rounds, but it may be because opponents got a red card early in the game.
Hosts are still missing winger Gradel, while guests will once again be without defender Gajic.
This will a difficult game for both sides, and the 3 points can easily go one way or another.
Bordeaux: Costil, Prior ; Sabaly, Toulalan, Jovanovic, Lewczuk, Pellenard ; Otavio, Lerager, Sankharé, Plasil, Vada ; Kamano, Malcom, Cafu, Mendy, Laborde, De Préville.