Toulouse manager Alain Casanova has warned his players to be wary of a Nice side on an upward curve when they meet in Ligue 1 tomorrow.
Toulouse go into the game with Nice looking to improve their home form which has seen them lose one and draw three of their last four matches on their own pitch.
Toulouse lie 11th in the table on 41 points, seven points behind Nice in sixth and Casanova knows his players will have their work cut out.
He told the Toulouse website: ``This match will be difficult against a team that has had a good season so far.
``This team has the players to stay in the top 10 after several difficult seasons.''
Casanova believes 18-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot is ready to make an impact after joining on loan from Paris St Germain.
The France youth international has impressed Casanova, scoring one goal in three appearances since arriving from Ligue 1 leaders PSG.
``He has totally assimilated our principles and our style of play and has quickly settled into the dressing room,'' said Casanova.
Toulouse will be without several players because of injury when they face Nice.
Casanova will be without forwards Yannick Djalo and Eden Ben Basat, midfielder Adil Hermach, defender Steeve Yago and goalkeeper Marc Vidal who are all recovering from injury.
Nice go into the game looking to close the gap on the European qualification places, knowing a win could lift them into a Europa League spot.
With successive away defeats it is imperative Nice start well and defender Romain Genevois has warned his team-mates what to expect.
``It will be a tough game in which we need to be focused,'' Genevois told the Nice website.
He also warned his team-mates to be wary of Toulouse's best players, including left winger Franck Tabanou and midfielder Etienne Capoue.
``They have several good players like Tabanou and Capoue and will look to end their recent slide in what has been a very good season,'' he said.