Toulouse must be cursed or something. All forwards that arrive at Toulouse always perform under expectations and never achieve full potential.
It is the case with Braithwaite, as even if he scored 6 goals so far he mostly slows down he play. The other 2 forwards (Ben Yedder and Ben Basat) are used in rotation so both of them lack form and continuity.
The same happened with ex striker Riviere. A couple of season ago when Riviere was a hot prospect Toulouse bought him from St Etienne for 6 mil EUR. After 2 seasons and no achievements they’ve sold Riviere to Monaco for 4 mil EUR…. Braithwaite arrived on 2 mil EUR, so he should leave for a fee under 1 mil EUR…
Toulouse always compensate the offensive weakness through dedication and energy. They did it again last round away at Marseille (ended 2-2). The good news for Toulouse is that play-maker Chantome finally recovered from injury and even played for about 10 min last round. He could be a starter against St Etienne.
Chantome was the most important player for Toulouse in the 1st part of the season. He used to coordinate all of Toulouse’s actions and was exponential even without the ball (dragged opponents after him). He never played in 2014 due to an injury, but now he’s finally back to upgrade Toulouse’s playing style.
Central defender Spajic will also return after suspension, allowing Aurier to play as a fullback / winger instead of central defender. This move will make Toulouse more dangerous on the right flank.
Direct opponent could be fullback Tremoulinas, newly arrived at St Etienne. After being a key player at Bordeaux for many seasons, Tremoulinas never really adapted at Dynamo Kiev and was mostly a substitute. It was a bad move for his career and some time will pass until Tremoulinas will find the same kind of teammates, coach and understanding he had at Bordeaux.
In spite winning 3-0 St Etienne had problems in opening up Valenciennes last round. Long range attempts played a huge role in St Etienne’s strategy. In fact that is how they managed to score 2 goals, while the 3rd goal came after a corner.
Both wingers Hamouma and Tabanou seem to be out-of-form and don’t get to involved too much in the game. In these conditions attacking midfielder Corgnet has nothing else to do except trying his luck from distance (he scored 1 goal this way last round).
St Etienne away from home have big problems, especially against teams that belong in the upper half. In fact St Etienne lost all 5 games played so far away at top 10 Ligue1 clubs. It is true that Toulouse at the moment are only 13th, but with Chantome back they can outdo themselves.
St Etienne will welcome back central defender Sall after suspension and central midfielder Clement after injury.
I see Toulouse being more active and therefore the price of 1.92 for Toulouse DNB is really appealing. Low to medium stakes.