St Etienne vs Toulouse by Sunshine
St Etienne played excellent football in last weekend's away game to Valenciennes and completely deserved 3:1 victory. Before the completion of one hour of football, in 53rd minute, the visitors had 3:0 lead and have cleaned the game. Their hosts simply weren't competitive during the game and all they could do was reducing the final score from a penalty kick.
With this victory, they now count two victories in a row as the team responded well at their surprising exclusion from the Europa League play-off round against Esbjerg. With a 4-0-1 record in first five rounds in Ligue 1, there is no doubt that the early start in the season is good for them, while the team will try to get another three pointer tonight. Coach Galtier has said that the team has to be very decisive tonight if they are to get the victory, adding that despite the fact Toulouse plays in a 5-3-2 formation, their system isn't defensive at all. Their atmosphere is very good at the moment, while the team continues to be only one point away from the top of the standings.
Brazilian striker Brandao (2/1) will miss for the third straight game, while regular defender Brison (3/0) also misses out. Midfielders Pogba and Gradel are also out, but without participation this season anyway.
After a very tight match last weekend, Toulouse managed to pull out a draw against Marseille in a 1:1 draw. Two teams played quite cautiously during the game, something that was expected from Toulouse, but not from Marseille, team that showed weaker performance than it was expected, but still managed to avoid defeat with a goal three minutes before the full time whistle.
Their coach Casnova stressed out that the team deserved to win against Marseille, but the team was stuck in a poor tempo brought up by visitors. Still, the team is nowhere close to a good form as they are still to win this season with a record of 0-3-2 and are only second from the bottom. However, everybody thinks that the team will recover soon and get some victories which would be very important and morale boosting for them. Israeli striker Ben Basat (2/1) will be important absentee for the visitors, while they'll continue to play without defender Akpa Akpro (2/0) too, same as Romanian midfielder Roman who is still to participate this season. Good news for them is that experienced defender Zebina is expected to return to the starting eleven.
St Etienne is simply in a much better form and should have another three pointer in front of their own fans. Toulouse struggles a lot, especially away from home and surely tonight's game won't be any easier for them either.