Toulouse – Marseille – 14/09/13 – Match Preview

14/09/13 – 16:00 (UK – Replayed BTsport 1 15/09 8:30)
Ligue 1 – Game 5
Toulouse – Marseille
Stade Municipal, Toulouse

After a week of international duties, the OM squad are back in action against Mediterranean neighbours, Toulouse. With both sides having lost their last Ligue 1 game 1-2, they will both be keen to get their season back on track. Marseille had a very good start picking up 3 wins from three before the Monaco defeat, in stark contrast to Toulouse who have yet to win, although they did manage a more than respectable draw away with Monaco in week 3.

 

Marseille

After an excellen first half diaply against Monaco, Elie Baup will hope to inspire his squad into a full 90 minute performance. Improvements must be made in defence, and hopes are that Payet’s poor performance in the last few games is not a permanent dip in form.

Diawara is not part of the squad, after his injury in the Monaco game and Andrew Ayew returned from international duty with Ghana injured. However the team will be buoyed with inclusion of new signings Mario Lemina and Florian Thauvin, the latter likely to start given Ayew’s absence.

Full OM squad: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, J. Ayew, Gignac, Khalifa, Payet.

Expected line up:

Mandanda

Fanni Nkoulou Mendes Morel

Romao Imbula

Payet Valbuena Thauvin

Gignac

 

Toulouse

Alain Cassanova’s side are looking for their first win of the season and have also only managed 1 goal every other game, so hopefully the shaky OM defence may get a slight break compared to facing Falcao and co last time out.

It should be noted that traditionally Toulouse are a solid team, therefore goals may not necessarily come easy for OM, and should TFC breech the Marseille hull, the home side would defend resolutely so it could be a tougher game than it initially appears. Toulouse will hope that new signing Chentome can bring out the best of Ben Yedder and help strengthen TFC when going forwards.

Full Toulouse squad: Ali-Ahamada, Blondel, Issiaga, Sylla, Moubandje, Ninkov, Abdennour, Spajic, Leoni, Aurier, Aguilar, Sirieix, Regattin, Trejo, Didot, Chantome, Ben Yedder, Delgado, Braithwaite.

Likely starting line up:

Ahamada

Spajic Abdennour Aurier

Regattin Didot Chantome Trejo Sylla

Ben-Yedder Braithwaite

 

Summary
So early in the season this could be a make or break game for both sides. A win for OM and it keeps them in contention with psg and Monaco, showing that they do still have some title credentials. A loss may show them to being just, one of the best of the rest. Equally a loss for Toulouse, could signal them as being a side in real trouble this season.   

Stats
Marseille are unbeaten in their last 6 trips to Toulouse.

Marseille have only lost twive in their last 16 ligue games.

Gignac has scored 22 goals at the Stade Municipal, more than any other.

 

Other Ligue 1 games
Fri 13th
Bordeaux 0-2 psg 
Sat 14th
Valenciennes – Saint-Etienne
Nantes – Sochaux
Montpellier – Reims
Guingamp – Bastia
Ajaccio – Evian
Sun 15th
Monaco – Lorient
Lille – Nice
Lyon – Rennes

 

Allez l’OM
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @aswanny84)

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