March 30, 2013
AC Ajaccio v Toulouse: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.0||1.0|
|Goals against *||1.1||1.1|
|Last 5 home||L-L-W-D-L||W-W-L-L-D|
|Last 5 away||D-D-L-D-D||W-L-D-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: AC Ajaccio | Toulouse|
|4/20||A: Bastia||4/23||H: Lyon|
|4/26||H: AS Monaco||4/26||A: Montpellier|
|5/4||A: Lorient||5/4||H: Nantes|
|5/10||H: Stade de Reims||5/10||A: Guingamp|
|5/17||A: St Etienne||5/17||H: Valenciennes|
Toulouse coach Alain Casanova is expecting a tough test when his side travel to face Ajaccio in Ligue 1 tomorrow.
Casanova's side currently sit 11th and have not lost in the league since mid-February, moving to within four points of the top 10, but the 51-year-old knows they will face a stern challenge to keep their run going at Stade Francois Coty.
"Let's just try to take games one after the other,'' Casanova said when asked about Toulouse's end-of-season ambitions.
"We must begin with this match against Ajaccio, knowing that it will be a tough match. You always know that facing Ajaccio away from home is not easy.''
Casanova believes the blend of players assembled by Ajaccio counterpart Albert Emon means they have the ability to cause any side problems.
"They have international players with the likes of [Guillermo] Ochoa and [Dennis] Oliech,'' he said.
"They also have Johan Cavalli, who for me is for me one of the best passers in Ligue 1. There is also the experience of [Mathieu] Chalme and Ronald Zubar and plenty of youth - this is a team with real potential and play good football.''
Ajaccio survived by just three points last season, but are only eight points away from reaching the total accrued during the 2011/12 campaign.
Cavalli believes the Corsican side are a better squad this time around, but refused to put a target on the number of points required to avoid the drop.
"Last season we were in trouble from the start and we have had quite a spectacular rise - we're better and I hope it will be easier,'' he said.
"I do not like talking about it [points target] because. The most important is that we continue our form and take points as quickly as possible.''