Our football match prediction:
A place in the Ligue 1 will be at stake when Ajaccio and Toulouse face each other in the two-legged tie in upcoming days. Ajaccio set up a meeting with Toulouse by beating Le Havre on penalties, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against les Pitchouns. The hosts are tough to beat at their Stade Francois Coty, but you should bear in mind that they will be without suspended duo Sainati – Coutadeur in Saturday’s football game. Toulouse, on the other hand, finished the season in the 16th place in the Ligue 1 standings and, as a result, they take on Ajaccio in the play-offs. The Ligue 1 side need to take advantage of the fact that the hosts head into the first leg with a severely-weakened squad, but seeing that the Corsicans are a real force to be reckoned with at home, share of spoils appears on the horizon this time out.
Highlighted Player (Issa Diop):
After spending two years at Balma SC, Issa Diop joined Toulouse football academy in 2006 and he was making progress year by year. The 194-cm-tall defender made seven appearances for Toulouse B in the 2014/2015 season and he made his Ligue 1 debut with les Pitchouns on November 28, 2015 against Nice. Issa Diop, who was born in Toulouse on January 9, 1997, scored his first ever goal in the French top flight in a 3-0 win over Troyes in December, 2015. Diop is a youth international for France at various levels, but seeing that his father Labysse Diop is of Senegal descent, the Toulouse footballer could represent les Lions de la Teranga at senior level. The Toulouse defender scored two goals for les Pitchouns in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and he made no less than 30 appearances for the club in the process. Issa Diop has a contract with Toulouse which expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Toulouse):
Toulouse are a professional football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Pitchouns are well known for their purple jerseys with white stripes and it has to be noted that they used to wear red and yellow jerseys in the past. Toulouse welcome their opponents at Stadium Municipal and the capacity of the team’s home ground is 33.150. Stadium Municipal was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Om 1982 the club secured promotion to the Ligue 1 for the first time ever and you should bear in mind that the likes of Jacques Santini and Daniel Jeandupeux were part of the team. A win over Napoli in the round 1 of the 1986/1987 UEFA Cup is considered one of the club’s biggest success as football legend Diego Maradona played for the Italian team back then. Aforementioned attacker Daniel Jeandupeux scored the winner for Toulouse in the penalty shoot-out. Bordeaux are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in Derby de la Garonne.