The 10 things to know before TFC – OGCN

The 10 things to know before TFC - OGCN

This Sunday at 1 p.m., the TFC will challenge OGC Nice for their comeback in Ligue 1, two years after leaving it. The writing of the LesViolets.Com site offers you the 10 things to know about this meeting, the first day of the championship.

1. The starting signal, finally!
The purple people have been waiting for this moment since March 8, 2020 and the premature end of the 2019-2020 season, which condemned the TFC to Ligue 2. Two years later, Téf is back. After two years of traveling to Dunkirk, Niort, Valenciennes, the TFC has recovered and will once again come up against the best in France. Up, Always.

2. Comeback to the Stadium
Three months to the day after the title of French Ligue 2 champion gleaned from Nîmes (2-1), the Toulouse team will find their lair this Sunday, against Nice. A few hours before this inevitably expected comeback, more than 10,000 supporters have already taken out their subscription, and 20,000 people should come to fill the Stadium. Not bad for a Sunday in August, right?

3. Towards a 4-3-3 system
For the first of the season, Montanier should field a team in 4-3-3, similar to the scheme used last season. If some uncertainties exist, Dupé will indeed start in goal, and the young Chaïbi in the middle, alongside the pair Spierings – Van den Boomen. In front, between Ado Onaiwu and rookie Dallinga, doubt dominates.

The probable XI: Dupé – Desler, Rouault, Nicolaisen, Sylla – Spierings, Chaïbi, Van den Boomen – Ngoumou, Onaiwu (or Dallinga), Ratao.

4. Premieres of Dallinga and Aboukhlal
We expected to see Oliver Zandén, finally the Swedish left side was not even retained in the group and will not be a substitute. On the other hand, Thijs Dallinga is applying for a starting place and Zakaria Aboukhlal will probably enter in the second half to animate one of the two corridors. The two Toulouse offensive recruits showed good and less good things during the preparation and must accelerate their integration. As for Kjetil Haug, the new goalkeeper, he should not start, barred for the moment by Maxime Dupé.

5. Baptism of fire for Farès Chaïbi?
A real revelation of the summer, the neo-pro gradually imposed himself in the rotation in the middle, to the point of starting with the Pros during the last friendly match against Clermont, lost 1-0. Author of 3 goals and 2 assists during the preparation, he impresses with his accuracy and his quality with the ball. The Pitchoun will perform its first in Ligue 1 this Sunday and even claims a starting place, instead of captain Dejaegere.

6. OGC Nice starting XI
For his first official match since his return to the Nice bench, Lucien Favre should field a team similar to the one that won against Torino last Saturday (1-0). In goal, rookie Kasper Schmeichel appears to be too fair to start, as does Welshman Aaron Ramsey in the middle. On the other hand, Beka Beka, freshly arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow, holds the rope for a first tenure.

The probable XI: Bulka – Bard, Dante, Todibo, Lotomba – Rosario, Beka Beka (or Claude-Maurice), Thuram – Gouiri, Delort, Brahimi.

7. The great returns of Todibo and Delort
The two former Toulouse players will return to the Stadium lawn this Sunday, but under the colors of Nice this time. Jean-Clair Todibo played 10 games in the jersey of his training club, where he came to light. Transferred to Barça in January 2019, he will never succeed in flourishing there, chaining loans to Schalke 04 then to Benfica and OGC Nice where he finally seems to have found his happiness. Andy Delort, he never shone with the TFC. The striker, yet so effective elsewhere, only scored 10 goals with Téf in 47 games and left here the image of a disappointing striker.

8. Nice: A Fire Attack
In difficulty at the end of the preparation, the Toulouse defense will surely have to raise their voices if they do not want to take on water against the Nice armada. The Toulouse rearguard will have to be wary of the phenomenon Amine Gouiri, 22, author of 10 goals and 9 assists last season. And then the insatiable Andy Delort, of course.

9. A referee with a mixed record with the TFC
This TFC – Nice will be refereed by the experienced Johan Hamel, 41 years old. Accustomed to the high level, he was on the whistle in 11 TFC games, for a record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats. He notably refereed Téf during Rhys Healey’s famous hat-trick in Dunkirk in May 2021 (3-3 draw).

10. Did you know?
During the last TFC – Nice, in February 2020, just a few days before the end of the 2019-2020 season, Toulouse lost 2-0 and had to finish the match at 9 after the expulsions of Ruben Gabrielsen and Steven Moreira. In a hostile atmosphere, the TFC had experienced a real nightmare for what will be its fifteenth consecutive match without a win in Ligue 1. We all remember the tears of Aaron Leya Iseka leaving the field, he who had missed the penalty of the equalizer in the 91st minute, precipitating the defeat of his team. Let’s hope for a better outcome this Sunday!

What is your prediction for TFC – Nice?

Victoire

Draw

Defeat