Toulouse did their best last round away at Guingamp but unfortunately their best wasn’t good enough to get something from that game (lost 2-0).
Their position in the table is not accidental (second form the bottom) as Toulouse lack many things this season: lucid defenders with decent tackling abilities, powerful midfielders who should be the first line of defense, skilled and confident forwards.
They won only 1 game so far this season and if nothing changes during the winter break Toulouse will struggle to survive in Ligue1.
Hosts will have to do without defender Kana-Biyik who is suspended.
Things look great for Nice who finally managed to improve defensively. About a month ago they had one of the leakiest defense in the tournament but now they have conceded only once in the last 4 rounds.
Last week Nice missed important defenders Bodmer and Pereira but still kept a clean sheet against second placed Lyon (Nice won 3-0). Coach Puel surprised Lyon by changing formation and playing with 3 central defenders while lateral midfielders where mostly fullbacks.
It was a great achievement for Nice to keep a clean sheet considering they missed two important defensive players. Now there is no reason to worry anymore as both Pereira and Bodmer will return after suspension, same as central midfielder Wallyson.
Nobody can accuse Toulouse of lacking determination, but unfortunately that alone is not enough for taking points against in-form, confident and improved Nice. Nice DNB at 2.21
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Toulouse: Lafont, Goicoechea – Matheus, I.Diop, Spajic, Tisserand, Yago – Akpa Akpro, A.Blin, Didot, Machach, Bodiger, Regattin, Sómalia, Trejo, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic
Nice: Hassen, Cardinale – Baysse, Le Marchand, Genevois, Bodmer, Pied, R.Pereira – Seri, Benrahma, Hult, Wallyson, Dada, N.Mendy, Koziello – Ben Arfa, A.Mendy, Germain, P.Puel