Toulouse changed system recently but at the moment it’s not really working out for them. From 3-5-2 they switched to 4-4-2 but fullbacks still constantly push to take wingers’ positions and sometimes it seems players step on each-others’ toes.
Toulouse lost at a forfeit score last round (3-0 away at Lille) but the result it’s not really relevant since they got a red card as soon as the game started. Still, Toulouse’s recent run is really disappointing with only 3 points won from 5 games. By changing system coach Casanova admitted his guilt, but this may not be enough for redressing the situation…
This round they will have to do without the services of fullback Spano and midfielder Didot, both of them suspended.
Guingamp is by far the most pleasant surprise in French football in December. After managing to qualify for the European spring, Guingamp also qualified for the next stage of the French Cup and furthermore they are sitting on 3 consecutive Ligue1 victories, one of which was against giants PSG (won 1-0).
Guingamp took everyone by surprise as they were considered exhausted and without any resources left, but it seem players got into a rythm and now tiredness it’s not being felt anymore. Exactly like it happens when you run for a long distance, when you get past a certain point muscles don’t hurt anymore.
In the midweek Cup game Guingamp afforded the luxury to fully rest a few players, keeper Lossl and defenders Sorbon and Jacobsen, while Wingers Pied and Giresse played for about half an hour.
Toulouse push in every game regardless their form and the favorite status, so without doubt they will be the ones taking charge of the game. But in-form and confident Guingamp proved against PSG they are capable of keeping it tight at the back and strike deadly on counters. Guingamp +0.5 at 1.99
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Akpa Akpro, Yago, Grigore, Moubandje, Spajic, Tisserand, Ninkov, I.Sylla, Veskovac – Aguilar, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard – Sorbon, Sankoh, Baca, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque – Giresse, Mathis, L.Dos Santos, Pied, Sankharé – Beauvue, Mandanne, Douniama, Coco, Achahbar