It’s been a good start of the season for Toulouse (4th place after 8 rounds), especially when comparing to last season when they struggled to avoid relegation. Last round away at Caen a draw would have been a fair result, but unfortunately Toulouse couldn’t find the net (Caen won 1-0).
The defense with Diop and Jullien in the center is pretty impressive, as both of them are very solid and confident players. Keeper Lafont, although only 17, made some amazing saves so far and demonstrated he can be relied upon.
Dupraz is specialized in coaching small clubs and saving them for relegation, and it’s no wonder he prefers counter attacking tactics. Attacking midfielders Trejo and Durmaz already developed playing relations, and are capable of creating fast paced actions that can take opponents by surprise.
Unfortunately not the same can be said for Scandinavian forwards Braithwaite and Toivonen, who have the same profile and seem to be steeping on each others’ toes.
Hosts may welcome back midfielder Somalia after injury, but most probably will miss fullback Moubandje who is highly doubtful. Forward Toivonen will sit out through suspension.
Monaco are on absolute fire at the moment after destroying Metz last round 7-0. They had a really busy schedule so far, but dealt with it in a professional manner. Coach Jardim hasn’t rotated much so far, so the international break was a breath of fresh air for most players.
Last round forward Carillo scored his first goals this season, and his good form is excellent news for Monaco, since Carillo will partner Germain upfront while Falcao recovers from injury.
At times Monaco seem to neglect the defensive phase, and even if they have solid players like Glik in defense, they can still be caught off guard and lose valuable points. This happened a few rounds ago away at rivals Nice, when Monaco lost 4-0 after controlling most of the game.
Guests will once again have to do without forward Falcao.
Coach Dupraz is a specialist when it comes to counter attacking tactics, which seems to be Monaco’s biggest weakness. On the other hand going against Monaco is not exactly worth it, as they can easily convert all of their chances (like last round).
UPDATE: Guests welcome back fullback Mendy and midfielder Bakayoko.
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – Amian, I.Diop, Jullien, Michelin, Moubandjé, S.Yago – Blin, Bodiger, Cafaro, Durmaz, Sangaré, Sirieix, Somalia, I.Sylla, Trejo – Braithwaite, Edouard
Monaco : Subasic, De Sanctis, Badiashile – Ab.Diallo, Glik, Jemerson, B.Mendy, Raggi, D.Sidibé – T.Bakayoko, Boschilia, Fabinho, Lemar, Moutinho, B.Silva, Ad.Traoré – Carrillo, Germain, Jean, Mbappé