Even if they scored once Toulouse made a poor game last round away at PSG (lost 3-1). Forward Ben Yedder once again started on the bench but entered the field at half time after midfielder Didot suffered an injury.
Surprisingly Ben Yedder managed to find the net (his first Ligue1 goal in 2015) and hopefully this achievement will help him pick up some much needed form.
It is true the opponent was really powerful, but even so, defenders were often outplayed by simple line changes. Fullback Moubandje suffered the most and Toulouse’s left side seemed to be a major liability. Things should go back to normal this round as fullback Tisserand will return after suspension and will substitute fragile Moubandje.
Toulouse will also welcome back midfielder Doumbia after suspension.
St Etienne scored twice last round against Marseille but only thanks to opponents’ chaotic defensive phase (finished 2-2). St Etienne haven’t improved at all upfront and they could only score from penalty and pinball football.
The defense also appeared more fragile than usual with problems at man marking and low levels of intuition.
There are no news regarding injuries so most likely St Etienne will use the exact same team as last round.
A balanced game is foreseen with both sides struggling to approach opponents’ penalty box but lacking the necessary resources for doing so. With both clubs in poor offensive form this can be one of the most boring encounters of the round played entirely in midfield.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squad
Toulouse: Vidal, Boucher – Akpa Akpro, Ninkov, Spajic, Moubandje, Kana-Biyik, W.Matheus, Tisserand, Grigore – Doumbia, Aguilar, Regattin, Trejo, Sirieix – Ben Yedder, Braithwaite, Pesic
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Brison, Perrin, Tabanou, Théophile-Catherine, Clerc, Karamoko – Lemoine, Clément, Nguemo, Corgnet – Hamouma, Erding, Mollo, Monnet-Paquet, Gradel, van Wolfswinkel