Marseille v Toulouse Match Preview
Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Having tasted defeat for the first time in 11 games last weekend away to Brest, Marseille will want to return to winning ways this Saturday against Toulouse. The defeat by Brest and draw with Valenciennes will hopefully just be a blip for Deschamps’ men who managed a hard fought win against Inter Milan between those two games. Last time these two sides met in week 10, both sides finished with 10 men and drew 0-0.
Having worked so hard to catch up with the ‘chasing pack’ of Ligue 1 teams, OM will want to make sure that they don’t slip away and miss out on the final Champions League spot, and a win against Toulouse, who are one place and one point above them will help ensure this isn’t the case. A busy schedule of fixtures has meant that Marseille will not be at full strength as they will be without Remy, Mbia and Valbuena. There was also some injury concerns around the Ayew brothers and Morel, however they are all expected to be fit enough to feature.
The game against Brest will be good preparation for this game for Marseille. Brest sat-back, countered and piled men behind the ball when not in possession. It can be expected that Toulouse will do the same and at times this season they have looked incredibly dangerous on the counter, such as in wins against Bordeaux, Nancy and Valenciennes.
Marseille must be weary of Toulouse’s style of play as they have conceded a number of goals against similar teams this season. If TFC decide to venture out of their own half they may well attack OM’s right side just as Inter did in the first half of the Champions League game. They are also likely to play dangerous through balls, the likes of which OM have struggled against a number of times this season. As much attacking threat as Toulouse offer it must be noted that they have failed to score in 8 games this season, twice as many as OM and this is potentially why their top goals scorers, Bulut and Riviere have only 4 goals each, as many as Cheyrou.
It is likely that this will be another difficult game for Marseille, playing a team that will more than likely set up happy to take a draw back with them. However, if Marseille are really expecting to pick up the final Champions League place, or be possible outside, outside title contenders then they simply must win games against Valenciennes, Brest and now Toulouse, no matter how well the opposition play or how good their respective form is. Predicted result: Marseille 1-0 Toulouse
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)