May 18, 2013
Sochaux v Toulouse: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||1.0|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.1|
|Last 5 home||L-W-D-D-D||W-W-L-L-D|
|Last 5 away||D-W-D-L-W||W-L-D-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Sochaux | Toulouse|
|4/27||H: Paris Saint-Germain||4/26||A: Montpellier|
|5/4||H: Nice||5/4||H: Nantes|
|5/10||A: Stade Rennes||5/10||A: Guingamp|
|5/17||H: Evian Thonon Gaillard||5/17||H: Valenciennes|
After two straight wins Sochaux go into tomorrow's clash with Toulouse on the brink of Ligue 1 safety.
A maximum haul of six points so far this month, at the expense of Brest and Lorient, means they enter the weekend in 14th place and five points clear of the drop zone.
A third successive win for Eric Hely's side would ensure top-flight status in style, but with just two games left in the season that may not be necessary.
Third-bottom Nancy hold the key. If they do not win their home clash with Bastia, then Sochaux's own result becomes irrelevant to the relegation equation.
Hely will nevertheless be fully focused on events at the Stade Auguste Bonal and he has a settled squad to choose from.
"There is one change in the group compared to that which won last week against Brest,'' the club confirmed.
"Ishmael Yartey gives way to Ryad Boudebouz, who is back from suspension.
"Sochaux reserves can count on Yartey...while Pierrick Cros could make his return to competition after his knee injury.''
Giovanni Sio will make his final appearance of the season after picking up a one-game suspension that rules him out of the final game of the season against Bastia.
Toulouse, in 10th, are playing essentially for pride.
With 45 points in the bank they are well clear of the survuval scrap but have no prospect of European football.
Manager Alain Casanova will surely be looking for his side to improve on their recent league performances, though.
They have collected just four points from the last 18 available to them, with their 4-2 win over Lille on May 5 the only victory in their past six outings.