Wednesday 23 May

AC Ajaccio vs Toulouse - Match Preview

21 May 2018 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1, Relegation/Promotion Playoffs
FRANCE: Ligue 1, Relegation/Promotion Playoffs

AC Ajaccio

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
23 May 2018

Toulouse FC

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 23 May 2018

As the regular season in Europe’s top leagues has come to a close, it’s time for the all-important post-season play-offs. This applies in the Ligue 1 as AC Ajaccio are looking to push into the French top-flight as they face Toulouse who are attempting to avoid the drop. The relegation play-off is always an interesting one and the first-leg takes place on Wednesday.

STATS

  • Ajaccio had a good season in Ligue 2 and secured a 3rd place finish where they had to beat Le Havre to reach the final stage of the play-off process. It was an entertaining match, to say the least as Ajaccio had to rely on penalties to win after four players were sent off in extra-time! They also scored a 120th-minute equaliser to force it to penalties as they had gone behind in the added 30 minute period.
  • It was a particularly disappointing campaign for Toulouse as they slipped into the relegation play-off position out of nowhere. Three points on the final day weren’t enough to keep them up as Lille had already secured their safety. It was a run of four without a win in the build-up to the final that condemned Toulouse to their unfortunate fate.
  • Ajaccio had a good season in front of goal and they have two joint top scorers as Ghislain Gimbert and Riad Nouri have both netted 13 league goals. The latter opened the scoring against Le Havre.
  • Maxi Gradel holds that accolade for Toulouse as the former Leicester winger has eight goals. He is followed by ex-Arsenal forward, Yaya Sanogo, who has six.

HEAD TO HEAD

Basing Wednesday’s result purely off recent league meetings, it looks as though this could be extremely close. In the last ten fixtures between the two, both sides have four wins and two draws with most of them by similar or the same scorelines. The last couple have ended as stalemates while Toulouse’s last win at Stade François Coty (Ajaccio’s stadium) was back in 2013.

AC AJACCIO NEWS

A win in front of their home crowd would give them a good cushion for the second leg in pursuit of a return to Ligue 1 after a four-year absence. After their red cards against Le Havre, Mathieu Coutadeur and Joris Sainati will be suspended for the clash.

Latest matches: AC Ajaccio

20.05.2018 Ligu AC Ajaccio AC Havre 7:5 W
11.05.2018 Ligu AC Ajaccio Chamois Niort FC 2:2 D
04.05.2018 Ligu AJ Auxerre AC Ajaccio 1:1 D
27.04.2018 Ligu AC Havre AC Ajaccio 2:0 L
23.04.2018 Ligu AC Ajaccio RC Lens 2:0 W

TOULOUSE NEWS

Toulouse haven’t been in Ligue 2 for well over 10 years so relegation would be a sad sight, avoiding defeat in the first-leg is vital. Without any injuries, their confidence will be increased going into the match.

Latest matches: Toulouse FC

19.05.2018 Ligu Toulouse FC EA Guingamp 2:1 W
12.05.2018 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux Toulouse FC 4:2 L
06.05.2018 Ligu Toulouse FC Lille OSC 2:3 L
29.04.2018 Ligu Stade Rennes Toulouse FC 2:1 L
25.04.2018 Ligu SM Caen Toulouse FC 0:0 D

SUMMARY

With both sides experiencing differing form towards the end of the season, it’s such a tough game to call. Toulouse are the better side on paper but Ajaccio have the benefit of momentum. It looks like Ajaccio are favourites to take lead into the first-leg in front of their own fans but their suspensions could come back to haunt them.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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