December 23, 2012
Toulouse v Sochaux: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.6||0.8|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.6|
|Last 5 home||W-W-L-L-D||L-W-D-D-D|
|Last 5 away||W-L-D-L-W||D-W-D-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Toulouse | Sochaux|
|3/15||A: Stade Rennes||3/15||H: Lorient|
|3/22||H: Evian Thonon Gaillard||3/23||A: St Etienne|
|3/29||A: AC Ajaccio||3/29||H: Marseille|
|4/5||H: Lille||4/5||A: Bastia|
|4/12||A: Sochaux||4/12||H: Toulouse|
Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada is taking plenty of positives from last week's defeat against Marseille into their final fixture of the year at home to struggling Sochaux tomorrow.
Despite le Tefece failing to find the back of the net for the fourth successive game, Ahamada believes his side can take heart after acquitting themselves well against the Ligue 1 title challengers, who triumphed 1-0 at the Stadium Municipal.
"Against Marseille, the team showed a lot of solidarity and plenty of unity. We found a state of mind that was a bit lost in the previous games. I think against Marseille, we saw a great team performance,'' the 21-year-old told the club's official website.
"This match can inspire us to a revival on Sunday against Sochaux.''
Toulouse were as high as third in the league at the end of October but a lean run of just one win in eight matches - with six defeats - has seen them slump to 12th and Ahamada now accepts they are desperate to end a miserable couple of months with a flourish.
"Sunday, there is only one motto is to earn points. We are in a difficult time and need a victory to try to redress the balance,'' he added.
Tomorrow's hosts will do so without Cheikh M'Bengue and Franck Tabanou, both of whom are suspended after seeing red against Marseille.
However, tomorrow represents a perfect opportunity to claim a rare win with Sochaux occupying the last relegation spot and mired in turmoil.
There have been calls for boss Eric Hely and president Alexandre Lacombe to stand down following their 2-1 defeat at home to Brest last time out, with the former admitting he was "concerned and upset'' by their form.
Defender Mathieu Peybernes is not prepared to look for reasons for their lack of success this season, saying: "We need to get something in Toulouse.''
Forward Cedric Bakambu added: "There is no excuse to look for, such as inexperience, because we've already won with this team.''