Even if they lost 6-2, Toulouse made a decent game last week away at PSG. They played in numerical superiority for about 20 minutes, and even managed to impose the rhythm at one point.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to deal with players like Cavani and Neymar, and Toulouse conceded 3 goals in the final 10 minutes.
Toulouse have a good team this season, they are capable of creating fast actions in the attacking phase, and it’s no coincidence they found the net in all games so far. They appear to be a bit slow in defense, mostly because of the defensive midfielders, but at least both central defenders are solid and highly skilled.
Rennes made a disappointing game last week against Dijon. They took the lead early, increased the advantage after the break, but withdrew, relying on their defensive abilities. The strategy backfired, and Dijon scored the equalizer in extra time (finished 2-2).
Renens are only mediocre this season and they will have major difficulties keeping up with the clubs from the upper half of the table. Things may improve once creative midfielder Gourcuff recovers from injury, but don’t get your hopes up, as he is known to be the most fragile player in the world and is usually sidelined more than half the season. Gourcuff will miss this round as well. Guests will also miss keeper Diallo.
Toulouse should dominate this game and eventually find the winner, as they are superior in absolutely all aspects. TOULOUSE -0.5 at 2.18
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – Amian, I.Diop, Jullien, Michelin, Moubandje – Blin, Boisgard, Cahuzac, Durmaz, Sangaré, Somalia, I.Sylla – Delort, Gradel, Jean, Toivonen
Rennes: Gertmonas, M’Bolhi – Mexer, Gnagnon, Bensebaini, Baal, Danzé, H.Traoré – Lea-Siliki, Bourigeaud, M.Amalfitano, Prcic, Janvier, B.André – I.Sarr, Tell, Mubele