Coupe de France
Bourg-Perronas v Marseille
15/02/12 – 16:00
Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Marseille will play their first game after an impromptu second winter break this Wednesday against CFA’s Bourg-Péronnas in the Coupe de France. After seeing his team give away a 2 goal lead in their last game, Didier Deschamps, will be looking for an immediate response from his players. The FFF have ensured that Marseille will be able to look for a victory and avoid a cup upset in familiar surrounding with the game now scheduled to take place at the Stade Velodrome.
Just as Marseille had their last Ligue game postponed, the side from the alps have also had a rest ahead of this game, after their away game at Metz II was cancelled. Bourg-Péronnas currently sit 2nd in the CFA division, 4 points behind leaders Lyon II, although they do have a game in hand on them, and have won their last 4 games in a row.
Marseille won’t have forgotten that Bourg-Péronnas caused one of the upsets of the previous round by seeing off in form Ligue 1 team Ajaccio, beating the Corsican’s 3-2 after extra time. The teams current strike partnership of Benchaib and Tavares both scored in that game, and although Benchaib is suspended for this game, Tavares will look to attack and pressurize the OM defence that looked decidedly dubious in their last game.
OM will look to build confidence early in this game, keeping possession and threatening the opposition ‘keeper. This should help elevate some of the pressure on the defence, who reverted back to their early season form (or lack thereof) in most of the match against Lyon. The possession game will also help ensure that Bourg-Péronnas are stretched, likely playing a 4-5-1 formation, and this will give the OM defensive line time to pass the ball accurately and sensibly out of defence.
It is expected that Bracigliano will be in goal for OM and that the returning African Cup of Nations contingent (Andrew & Jordan Ayew) will remain rested, along with the injured M’bia and Gignac. Deschamps may look to start with the same team that started so well against Lyon, drawing on experience and the fact that the players have something to prove. Valbuena is also available so may make a late appearance from the subs bench should he be needed.
Staying clear of the usual, and already used, cup clichés Marseille should run out winners in this game. If anything, this game may well show the mental toughness of Marseille as the disappointment against Lyon may well have knocked the confidence of a number of players who performed below-par in that game. Just how the players recover from that will be the deciding factor in this game. Predicted result: Marseille 3-1 Bourg-Péronnas (after extra time, again).
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)