Preview - Toulouse vs Guingamp 21 May 18

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Match Day 38
Toulouse vs Guingamp
Sunday, May 21st, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadium Municipal

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (7)

Last five matches form: D W D L D
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Jimmy Briand (11)

There are a couple of issues still to be decided headed into the closing day of the Ligue 1 season. One of the most pressing of which is who will finish third bottom and so in the relegation playoff position.

Current holders of that precarious third bottom spot are Toulouse. There may be just the one game left now, but only three points adrift of Caen, Toulouse do at least have a plausible escape route. Should Caen lose and Toulouse win on the last day, it will be Toulouse who escape and Caen who are faced with the dreaded relegation playoff match.

On the plus side, Caen face Champions PSG on the final day, so its easy to believe they may fulfil their part of the bargain by losing. The question is can Toulouse do their bit by winning this game?

Having only won one of their last seven here at the Stadium Municipal, its hard to be too confident about that, but on the other hand Guingamp have lost three of their last five on the road.

No major injury concerns for either side. Yann Bodiger looks likely to sit this one out for Toulouse, whilst Abdoul Kamara is definitely out for Guingamp.

Not the easiest game to call, for although Guingamp have nothing to play for, they have put in a number of spirited displays of late. With the very real prospect that a win may be enough to see Toulouse stay up though, I fancy the home side to just edge it.

Prediction: Toulouse 2 - 1 Guingamp


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  17 - 13
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 9 - 5
Possession: 54% - 46%

Three booked for the home side in this one with Steeve Yago, Jimmy Durmaz and Ibrahim Sangare all seeing yellow. Guingamp's Pedro Rebocho and Franck Tabanou also had their names taken by referee Mikael Lisage.

The home side were just about on top in the opening period here, coming out 3-2 in front in the shots on target count in the first half. They couldn't quite make the breakthrough though, with Somália's effort against the crossbar being as close as they came. 0-0 at the interval.

The opening goal came in the 59th minute. Gianelli Imbula's ball forward finding Max Gradel with the freedom of Toulouse to race from around 30 yards out and into the Guingamp box. Cutting to the outside as the defence came out to meet him, Gradel produced an excellent finish high over the keeper.

12 minutes later it was 2-0. Excellent 1-2 between Yaya Sanogo and Jimmy Durmaz resulting in Sanogo being played in on goal with only the keeper to beat from around ten yards. He beat him, finishing nicely into the bottom right.

Guingamp did get one back when Clement Grenier blasted in a 66th minute free kick from around 25 yards, but Toulouse ultimately hung on for the three points.

A valiant effort from Toulouse in their effort to escape the relegation zone. They did what they needed to do to do in winning this game. Unfortunately it still wasn't enough though. Receiving no help from elsewhere, they remain third bottom and so face the ordeal of a relegation playoff.

Guingamp drop a place on the back of this final day defeat and finish up in twelfth position.

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