When Toulouse hosts Angers at the Stadium Municipal on Sunday at noon, they will try to maintain their winning streak in Ligue 1.
Last weekend, Les Violets held Lyon to a draw in a match that resulted in Peter Bosz’s dismissal, while the visitors lost to Strasbourg.
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Even though Les Gones got off to a flawless start at the Groupama Stadium, Bosz’s position as Lyon’s head coach had been in jeopardy for some time, and a draw with Toulouse proved to be the deciding factor.
After some nice build-up play from the white team, Tete’s second-minute shot deflected off 18-year-old Kevin Keben and into the goal. However, Rafael Ratao came off the bench to mark his injury comeback with a equalizer for Philippe Montanier’s team.
The newly promoted hosts have won back-to-back home matches against Reims and Montpellier HSC during a strong run of seven points from the previous 12 available to them, helping them move up to 11th in the standings and four points clear of the relegation zone.
Toulouse, the only team in the division to have scored and given up the same number of goals at home, with eight flying in at each end, has performed the best of the newly promoted teams thus far.
Toulouse will hop, skip, and jump their way back to the Stadium Municipal in search of a third straight home victory in Ligue 1. Miha Blazic of Slovenia, a defender, became the first Angers player in 56 years to score on both sides of the field in the same match, but his own goal helped Strasbourg overcome Les Scoistes at the Stade Raymond Kopa last weekend.
Before Blazic deflected a header into his own net, Kevin Gameiro and Adrien Hunou exchanged two beautiful volleys. Angers goalkeeper Yahia Fofana then made a terrible mistake that left the ball open for Habib Diallo to score before Blazic’s consolation.
After back-to-back victories over Montpellier and Nice last month, things were looking up for Gerald Baticle’s team. However, subsequent home losses to Marseille and Strasbourg have sent Les Scoistes, who are currently ranked 17th, tumbling back to earth.
Four teams, including Angers, are currently in danger of being demoted to Ligue 2, and Baticle’s team currently holds the unpleasant distinction of having the weakest defense in the division, having allowed 24 goals in just 10 games.
When the teams last faced off in the shortened 2019–20 Ligue 1 season, Angers defeated Toulouse, snapping a seven-match winless streak against Les Violets. However, Montanier’s team is well-positioned to end a three-game scoreless streak versus their struggling opponents.
This Saturday, a Toulouse team featuring a fully healthy Ratao can exacerbate Angers’ ongoing defensive problems because Montanier’s team has recently found a sixth gear when playing in front of their home supporters.
A full-strength Toulouse were fully deserving of their point at Lyon and should finish Sunday’s match with all three. The visitors can still pose problems in the final third.