Last round forward Toivonen finally scored his first goals for Toulouse and was the man of the match (Toulouse won 2-1 away at Lille).
It was surprising to see Toivonen felling more comfortable without Braithwaite on the field (missed through injury). Young Edouard started upfront and his positioning was imposed by Toivonen’s movements. It was never the same when Braithwaite was on the field. Hopefully Braithwaite and Toivonen will learn to work together for Toulouse’s sake.
The midfield looked pretty confident, and leaving aside the fact that they haven’t participated much in the attacking phase, midfielders did a good job overall.
Hosts should welcome back key forward Braithwaite after injury.
Easy win for PSG last round against Dijon (won 3-0), but especially in second half PSG often came under domination and were a bit lucky to score.
PSG seem more incisive since fullback Maxwell appeared in the lineup. He is very experienced, and although he is not the fastest player around (35 years old), he compensates through ball control skills. His passes are extremely accurate and is only a formality for teammates to score when Maxwell delivers the assist. Actually lately PSG create only on the left side, through fullback Maxwell. Fullback Kurzawa is still injured, so luckily for PSG, Maxwell should continue in the lineup.
Guests will have to do without fullback Meunier who suffered an injury. Most probably Marquinhos will take his place in the lineup.
It’s a difficult schedule for PSG and it was surprising to see them starting in the best formula last round. A trip to Bulgaria will follow next week in Champions League, but most probably they are underestimating the opponents, and will once again use the best possible lineup. Hosts are in good form and they also seem fresher than PSG, and even more combative. TOULOUSE +1 at 1.97
UPDATE: PSG welcome back fullbacks Aurier and Kurzawa. Hopefully Maxwell will continue in the lineup, otherwise the overall power will decrease. Trejo and Braithwaite are back in Toulouse’s squad
Toulouse : Lafont, Goicoechea – Yago, I.Diop, Jullien, Moubandjé, Michelin, Musavu-King – Bodiger, Blin, Durmaz, I.Sylla, Sangaré, Siriex, Pi, Trejo, Cafaro – Toivonen, Braithwaite, Edouard
PSG : Trapp, Areola – Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Aurier, Maxwell, Kurzawa – Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Krychowiak, Matuidi, Pastore – Jesé, Lucas, Di Maria, Cavani, Augustin