Toulouse have alternating performances and after a solid display two rounds ago against Reims (won 1-0) they reduced rythm and got defeated last week (2-0 away at Caen) without creating too many problems for the opponent.
They once again started with forwards Pesic and Ben Yedder upfront and Braithwaite in the right winger position. But this time Toulouse failed miserably in the attacking phase and the three mentioned players were invisible.
The defense was not any better but things may improve this round seeing that Toulouse will welcome back defenders Veskovac, Spajic and Grigore and midfielder Aguilar.
Rennes got surprised in the midweek Cup game away at Monaco when opponents scored two early goals and tried to kill the game afterwards (Monaco won 3-1). It was difficult for Rennes to find their way back in the game as they were forced to be more aggressive and leave more open spaces.
Rennes haven’t won so far in 2015 in Ligue1 but they are playing decent football. There are problems both in defense and offense but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed and most importantly the opponent must be powerful in order to be able to exploit.
Guests may welcome back central defender Mexer after injury but it’s nothing certain in this moment.
Hosts’ defense will improve with all those players returning to the lineup but Toulouse always adventure upfront, especially when playing at home, and scoring against them is no major headache, regardless the form of the offensive players. Rennes +0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: Hosts will also welcome back fullback Akpa-Akpro. Rennes will once again miss defender Mexer but welcome back fullback M’Bengue
Toulouse: Ahamada, Boucher – Tisserand, JD Akpa-Akpro, Ninkov, Yago, Grigore, I.Sylla, Spajic – T.Doumbia, E.Didot, Regattin, Trejo, Sirieix, Aguilar – Braithwaite, Ben Yedder, Pesic
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – S.Armand, S.Moreira, B.André, Diagne, Danzé, Lenjani, M’Bengue – Pajot, G.Fernandes, Ab.Doucouré, Prcic, Konradsen – Habibou, Henrique, Toivonen, Ntep