Update and Rennes preview – 02/11/2013

Introduction

Afternoon all. Thanks for taking the time to read the first update to the site in a while.

First off, let me give my apologies for the lack of updates. For anyone who follows me on twitter you might know that I have a young family. This combined with work commitments has barely left me with enough time to watch some of the games let alone write previews, reports or random blogs!

This site was meant to be a team effort, but I appear to have been left to my own devises as those that were helping have focussed on their own projects (thanks for the heads-up by the way). If anyone is interested in contributing articles or writing previews/reports then please let me know.

My hopes are that, when I have a little more of a routine, I’ll be able to make the sort of updates that people seemed to enjoy through last season.

Game day – Rennes

After an awful run in both the Ligue and Champions League, in terms of both results and performances, OM face what is sure to be a tricky trip to Rennes. After struggling to fully get going under their new manager, Rennes appear to have found a little form and with the exception of a drop to 11th after week 9, they have consistently been in the top 4-9.

The man OM were desperate to sign, Alessandrini, is back in for Rennes and the immediate worry would be that he shows up and puts in the kind of performance that Payet and Thauvin have only hinted at this season.

With reports of in-fighting between the OM players during training this week, the team certainly need a win. The general feeling that a loss would ensure that this would be Baup’s last game in charge.

The squad is missing Fanni and Mendes through fitness while Andre Ayew is suspended. Youngster, Laurent Abergel makes the squad as defensive cover. The full squad consists of:

Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Abergel, Diawara, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, J. Ayew, Gignac, Khalifa and Payet.

A win could take OM as high as 4th by the end of the weekend, but could also see Baup keep his job. Personally, and I’m sorry to say, it’s a difficult decision to make for which of those I’d prefer.

Thanks again for reading.

Andrew (@Aswanny84 & @marseilleUK)

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