Toulouse fully deserved to take all points after a great performance last week away at Troyes (Toulouse won 3-0).
Midfielders Machach and Akpa-Akpro were extremely lively and constantly pushed the game forward. Machach is only 19 years old but is mature, constant in efforts and always seems to take the best decision possible.
But the best news is that both forwards Braithwaite and Ben Yedder scored, like in the good old days, and confidence in running high now.
16 years old keeper Lafont was in the lineup again and even set a new record (most saves this season for Toulouse). He made a great game (some impressive saves) and surely has a bright future ahead.
Toulouse will welcome back defender Kana-Biyik after suspension.
Last round coach Ripoll switched back to the 4-4-2 system (from 4-5-1) but it was useless as Lorient failed to find the net.
They were mostly dangerous on the flanks but their attacks lost in intensity as soon as they approached the penalty box.
Forward Waris is missing for a couple of rounds already (will miss again this game) and Lorient’s offensive strength is considerably reduced. Top scorer Moukandjo lost rythm as there are fewer balls for him now, and can only score from penalty nowadays.
With Lorient losing form this is a the perfect opportunity for Toulouse to build on last round’s success. They need all the points they can get, so motivation surely won’t be an issue. Toulouse -0.5 at 2.25
UPDATE: Lorient will once again miss defender Lautoa and forward Waris
Toulouse: Toulouse: Lafont, Goicoechea – Matheus, I.Diop, Spajic, Somalia, Kana-Biyik – Akpa Akpro, A.Blin, Doumbia, Machach, Bodiger, Regattin, Trejo, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Guerreiro, Le Goff, Bellugou, L.Koné, Z.Touré, Paye, Gassama – Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Mulumba, Mesloub, Ndong, Barthelmé – Jeannot, Moukandjo, Lavigne