Bad luck for Toulouse last week as they were at least equal to opponents but left home empty handed following the trip to Caen (lost 1-0).
If losing the game after a decent performance wasn’t bad enough Toulouse also lost central defender Spajic who got a red card.
But watching the bigger picture Toulouse look better than last season. Upfront Braithwaite and Ben Yedder are cooperating better, attacking midfielder Trejo gets more involved in the game and midfielder Doumbia is extremely powerful and keeps his balance even when 3 opponents are pushing him from all sides.
In defense they are a bit unlucky since both their fullbacks Tisserand and Mattheus suffered injuries in the 1st round and will miss for a few weeks. There will be even more defensive headaches this round since central defender Spajic will be suspended. Still, Toulouse have decent replacements in Ninkov, Yago and Moubandje.
Playing against a top European side without two of their best players (Kurzawa and Moutinho) proved to be too much for Monaco (lost 3-1 at Valencia)
But the good news is that newly transferred winger Cavaleiro adapted immediately and became one of the most important players in the squad. He is extremely active and the actions carried on the left side together with fullback Kurzawa can easily destabilize any defense in Ligue1. The problem is fullback Kurzawa suffered an injury last round and most probably will be out for a couple of weeks, same as important central midfielder Moutinho.
When playing away from home Monaco concentrate primarily on not making any mistakes and closing down all spaces so that opponents are permanently faced with a wall.
Fans inside the stadium will be lucky to see more than a goal in this game. In-fact scoring opportunities should be scarce and the ones assuming more risks will most likely end up with no points…
UPDATE: Toulouse welcome back fullback Matheus but will miss defenders Spajic, Veskovac and Tisserand, midfielders Aguilar and Siriex and forward Pesic. Guests welcome back fullback Kurzawa but defender Carvalho, winger Cavaleiro and fullback Fabinho were left outside the squad.
Toulouse: Ahamada, Goicoechea – Kana-Biyik, Matheus, Moubandjé, Ninkov, Yago – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, E.Didot, T.Doumbia, Regattin, Somalia, Trejo – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Roman
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, Badiashile – Kurzawa, Echiejile, Raggi, Al.Touré, Wallace – Bakayoko, Dirar, Lemar, Pasalic, Ber.Silva, Toulalan, Ad.Traoré – Bahlouli, Carrillo, El Shaarawy, A.Martial, L.Traoré