Toulouse vs Amiens by Lucien
Toulouse has actually started the season decently, having two victories in first four rounds at home, but then have entered a bit poorer form and it seems that the break came in a good moment for them. In last four matches, the side didn't record a victory and have scored only one goal in these four, in most recent game when they took a point in a 1:1 draw against Guingamp on the road.
They actually didn't play that poor in these four, especially not in a narrow 1:0 defeat at home against Bordeaux. They weren't that poor either last time out away to Guingamp, having more of the ball possession but entering the match in the worst possible way as Guingamp took the lead via Thuram in first minute already. Equalizer came in 40th minute via Somalia, with neither of the teams risking a lot towards the end. The team is now just three points above the relegation zone and a victory here would give them some extra peace.
Midfielder Jimmy Durmaz (7/3) although back from suspension, should be out with a groin injury, while left midfielder Max Gradel (2/1) and midfielder Steven Fortes (no performance anyway) remain doubtful coming from injuries for now. Central back Issa Diop is back from suspension and should start.
Amiens, on the other side, seems like a pretty decent team for a side that promoted last season from Ligue 2, but there is no doubt that they will have difficulties to be above the relegation zone as the season progresses. So far, they have two victories and five defeats, being just above the relegation zone with a point more than Lille.
Their last game was abandoned at home against Lille two weekends ago, as the guests were leading with a goal from Ballo Toure in fiftenth minute and the stoppage had to occur as the goalscorer ran over to a section of away fans behind the goal to celebrate - as fans surged forward, the fence collapsed under the weight. As for Amiens, a bit worrying fact is that they have scored only four goals so far (in those two victories), leaving the field five times so far without a single goal scored.
Central midfielder Thomas Moncoduit (7/0) is suspended now for this one, while other midfielder Guessouma Fofana (2/0) remains injured. They might opt for a 3-5-2 formation and trying to hit the opponent on the break.
- Amiens have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches (Ligue 1).
Toulouse does much better in front of own crowd and even if they don't win, they tend to be a better side with quite fair amount of goalscoring chances. If they play close to their average performances at home, Amiens will have really hard time staying competitive this time as I simply can't see them matching the opponent in attack. Amiens left too modest impression for now.