Metz vs. Toulouse Ligue 1 preview: perfect opportunity to launch survival bid?

Toulouse travel to FC Metz on Saturday looking to build on their stunning victory over Girondins de Bordeaux on Matchday 30.

When: 7.00 pm GMT, 4 April 2015

Where: Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz

Le TFC won’t have wanted the international break to come.

Just when the club finally appeared to have got their act together, they were forced to take a week off.

Having sacked coach Alain Casanova ahead of the Derby of the Garonne against local neighbours Bordeaux, Toulouse chief Olivier Sadran must have been delighted when Les Roses secured a 2-1 victory.

The match validated his decision to install former scout Dominique Arribage in the hotseat, and it is now the new man’s job to guide Toulouse out of the danger zone.

This weekend they travel to Metz, and it’s hard to identify too many easier fixtures in the Ligue 1 calendar.

Les Grenats are at the foot of the table, and having accrued only 23 points from their opening 30 matches (winning only five) it’s an opportunity that Toulouse will feel they have to grasp.

A victory could lift Toulouse out of the dropzone—surely condemning Metz in the process—but Albert Cartier’s home side will be keen to restore some pride in front of their own fans.

Uros Spajic should return for Le TFC, but Etienne Didot and Pavle Ninkov will not be present.

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