Toulouse are sitting on 2 consecutive victories and for the moment they can relax a bit as they are 3 points above the relegation zone.
The positive results came mostly because of poor performances from opponents and not necessarily because there is a clear improvement in Toulouse’s play. Midfielders seem only a bit more active in comparison to about a month ago but they aren’t constant in efforts and can’t apply continuous pressure.
Toulouse will welcome back defensive midfielder Grigore and forward Pesic but will miss fullbacks Moubandje and Ninkov due to suspension. Missing both fullbacks will create some problems for Toulouse and may force coach Arribage to change the system.
Toulouse will also miss midfielder Doumbia who suffered an injury last week while forward Ben Yedder is doubtful.
Nantes got a great results last round against Marseille (won 1-0) after a smart game. They scored an early goal and successfully killed the game afterwards. Besides the goal scored there were only one or two scoring opportunities in the entire game coming from set pieces.
In the second part of the season Nantes have concentrated mostly on defending on 2 lines and severely neglected the offensive phase. They have one of the poorest attacks in the tournament but thanks to increased levels of organization and a powerful defensive phase Nantes are getting results and they are safe from relegation in this moment.
This should be a balanced encounter, played mostly in midfield, with Toulouse struggling to push the game forward and Nantes confidently rejecting most incoming actions. Odds are wrongly set and we should exploit that, especially with team news in favor of Nantes. Nantes +0.25 at 2.14
UPDATE: Toulouse’s forward Ben Yedder recovered from injury but Pesic will have to sit out. Nantes will miss defensive midfielder Hansen (injury)
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Akpa Akpro, Kana-Biyik, Matheus, Tisserand, I.Sylla, Grigore, Yago – Aguilar, Blin, Bodiger, Regattin, Sirieix, Trejo – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Dianessy
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Veigneau, Is.Cissokho, Djilobodji, Djidji, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Rongier, Nkoudou, Veretout – Audel, Bammou, Is.Bangoura, Gakpé