Toulouse – Lille Preview

No chance for Toulouse last round away at Monaco and their good moment ended after being defeated 4-1.

Ligue2 is still a real threat as they are only 2 points above the red zone, but unfortunately it seems that Toulouse have reached their limits and can’t improve anymore.

The attacking phase is a huge headache for Toulouse who are struggling to create chances and also to convert them. The defense performs accordingly to Kana-Biyik’s mood. If he doesn’t feel like playing football defenders can often be outplayed by actions carried in speed. If he is in good form then Toulouse’s defense is confident and impenetrable. Luckily for us Kana-Biyik is suspended this round so we can exclude Toulouse having a solid defense….

Wonderful performance from Lille last week who managed an impressive comeback and won 3-1 over Lens after a one sided encounter.

Boufal once again played as a forward and scored his 2nd goal of the season. He also delivered a few key passes and seems to be in excellent form. Play-maker Lopes was not that inspired but fortunately for Lille they do have alternatives available.

Not many chances for Lille to get a ticket for Europe but they are still playing good and effective football.

Fullback Corchia will be joined on the sidelines by defender Kjaer (both of them suspended). Kjaer’s absence may create some problems especially if Basa (the other central defender) doesn’t recover from injury.

Hosts may have a weak offense but if Lille will be forced to improvise a defense then Toulouse’s forwards may look like Ibrahimovic and Lacazette… It is better to wait and see how Basa’s condition will evolve. If Lille will have Basa and Rozenhal in central defense then a bet on them DNB should be considered.

UPDATE: Hosts’ midfielder Doumbia is back from injury. Lille welcome back midfielder Mavuba from injury.

Toulouse: Ahamada, Vidal – Akpa Akpro, Matheus, Moubandje, Ninkov, Spajic, Tisserand, Yago – Bodiger, E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Sirieix, Trejo – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic

Lille: Enyeama, Elana – D.Sidibé, Basa, Rozehnal, Pavard – Mavuba, Balmont, I.Gueye, Ad.Traoré, Boufal, S.Meité, R.Lopes – Roux, Origi, Koubemba, R.Mendes

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