January 11, 2013
St Etienne v Toulouse: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.9||1.0|
|Goals against *||0.7||1.1|
|Last 5 home||W-D-W-W-D||W-W-L-L-D|
|Last 5 away||D-L-D-D-D||W-L-D-L-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: St Etienne | Toulouse|
|4/26||A: Evian Thonon Gaillard||4/26||A: Montpellier|
|5/4||H: Montpellier||5/4||H: Nantes|
|5/10||A: Nantes||5/10||A: Guingamp|
|5/17||H: AC Ajaccio||5/17||H: Valenciennes|
St Etienne will look to arrest a worrying slump in form in Ligue 1 when they take on Toulouse tomorrow night.
Les Verts have not won in the league since a home win over Valenciennes on November 23, losing three and drawing two of their past five games.
They failed to score in any of those fixtures and have slipped to 10th in the table on 27 points, just one more than Friday's opponents.
But there was finally some good news at the weekend with a 3-2 away win over Caen in the Coupe de France and midfielder Jonathan Brison - who came on as a second-half substitute in that game - is determined to now get back to winning ways in the league as well.
"We have not forgotten the first game against Toulouse (a 2-1 defeat), which was our worst game of the first half of the season,'' Brison told a press conference.
"We need to win again in the league to get back on track. It is therefore a very important appointment. We're ready.''
Speaking about the win over Caen, Brison added: "To start the year with a victory is good for confidence. This alleviates the frustration of the end of 2012.''
Toulouse also enjoyed a win in the Coupe de France at the weekend, with Emmanuel Riviere's 59th-minute goal securing a 1-0 victory away to Ligue 2 Boulogne.
Despite St Etienne's lack of goals in Ligue 1 recently, defender Steeve Yago is wary of their attacking threat.
"This is a team with a huge offensive potential,'' said Yago, who is set to replace Aymen Abdennour following the Tunisian's departure for the African Nations Cup.
"Defensively they are tough too. This may be a good game. In the first meeting they were surprised with our offensive play. We will try to repeat it on Friday.''