Jonathan David, LOSC Lille, Canada

Toulouse-Lille preview: David out to move clear of Mbappé

Toulouse-Lille preview: David out to move clear of Mbappé

Publish on 03/17 at 18:18 - I. HOLYMAN


Canada international Jonathan David could steal a march on Kylian Mbappé atop the Ligue 1 Uber Eats goalscoring chart as Lille travel to Toulouse on Saturday for what is likely to be a high-scoring encounter (kick-off 5pm CET).


David hit a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw at home to Lyon in Round 27, becoming Lille's top scorer in the 21st century, and taking his tally to 19 league strikes this season. It is a career-best total for the 23-year-old Brooklyn-born forward, and keeps him level with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappé in the race to finish as the French top-flight's leading scorer this season.

WATCH: David hits a hat-trick against Lyon



David, who got the opening goal when Lille won 2-1 against Toulouse in Round 8, is also level with Napoli's former Lille striker Victor Osimhen on 10 goals in the calendar year — the most of any player across Europe's top five leagues — and is likely to get more chances to improve on that against Toulouse with both teams employing an attacking style of play.


David's significant contribution means Paulo Fonseca's side boast the fourth-most prolific attack in Ligue 1 Uber Eats on 49 goals this season. Toulouse, however, are just six strikes back, and LOSC's Portuguese coach is fully aware of the threat the hosts pose.


"For me, in terms of the way they want to play, they're one of the best teams in the division. I really like this Toulouse team. It's going to be a very very difficult game for us. They press very well, play very well, are very dangerous on the counter-attack. They're a very tough team," he explained.


The former Shakhtar Donetsk boss is without the suspended Benjamin André as well as injured defensive trio Bafodé Diakité (hamstring), Ismaily (thigh) and Tiago Djalo (ACL). The hugely influential Jose Fonte is available having missed the Lyon game with a knee injury as Fonseca looks to steer Lille to a first win in three league games and lift them — temporarily at least — above Rennes and into fifth place.



European qualification is beyond Toulouse as Philippe Montanier's side come into Round 28 in 11th place. But the 12-point cushion they have between themselves and the bottom four with 11 matches remaining means they are likely to enjoy a second successive top-flight campaign after celebrating promotion last summer.


WATCH: Toulouse see off Angers



They added a little extra security with a 2-0 win at Angers that halted a run of three straight losses, which included defeats in their previous two home games. That is as many reverses as in their first 12 games at the Stadium this season, and Montanier is aware his side face a stern test to improve that record in front of their own fans. 


"We know we are going to host a strong team. I like Lille a lot, they play good football, sometimes a little too much for some people," said the Toulouse boss, who has everyone bar forward Rhys Healey (ACL recovery) available. "We played well in the first match against them this season, we like to play big teams. We mustn't forget that they were champions two seasons ago. We want to gauge ourselves against this kind of team and we're happy to have the chance to do it to show how far we have come since the first time we played them."


Probable teams

Toulouse: Dupé; Puggaard, Rouault, Nicolaisen, Suazo; Spierings, Van den Boomen; Aboukhlal, Dejaeghere, Ratão; Dallinga


Lille: Chevalier; Weah, Fonte, Alexsandro, Gudmundsson; Baleba, André Gomes; Bamba, Angel Gomes, Cabella; David


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