Monthly Archives: May 2014

2014/2015 – Fixtures

J1 – 09/08/14 – SC Bastia v Marseille

J2 – 16/08/14 – Marseille v Montpellier Herault SC

J3 – 23/08/14 – En Avant de Guingamp v Marseille

J4 – 30/08/14 – Marseille v OGC Nice

J5 – 13/09/14 – Evian TG v Marseille

J6 – 20/09/14 – Marseille v Stade Rennais FC

J7 – 24/09/14 – Stade de Reims v Marseille

J8 – 27/09/14 – Marseille v AS Saint-Etienne

J9 – 04/10/14 – SM Caen v Marseille

J10 – 18/10/14 – Marseille v Toulouse FC

J11 – 25/10/14 – Olympique Lyonnais v Marseille

J12 – 01/11/14 – Marseille v RC Lens

J13 – 08/11/14 – psg v Marseille

J14 – 22/11/14 – Marseille v FC Girondins de Bordeaux

J15 – 29/11/14 – Marseille v FC Nantes

J16 – 03/12/14 – FC Lorient v Marseille

J17 – 06/12/14 – Marseille v FC Metz

J18 – 13/12/14 – AS Monaco FC v Marseille

J19 – 20/12/14 – Marseille v LOSC Lille

Winter Break

J20 – 10/01/15 – Montpellier Herault SC v Marseille

J21 – 17/01/15 – Marseille v En Avant de Guingamp

J22 – 24/01/15 – OCG Nice v Marseille

J23 – 31/01/15 – Marseille v Evian TG FC

J24 – 07/02/15 – Stade Rennais FC v Marseille

J25 – 14/02/15 – Marseille v Stade de Reims

J26 – 21/02/15 – AS Saint-Etienne v Marseille

J27 – 28/02/15 – Marseille v SM Caen

J28 – 07/03/15 – Toulouse FC v Marseille

J29 – 14/03/15 – Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais

J30 – 21/03/15 – RC Lens v Marseille

J31 – 04/04/15 – Marseille v psg

J32 – 12/04/15 – FC Girondins de Bordeaux v Marseille

J33 – 18/04/15 – FC Nantes v Marseille

J34 – 25/04/15 – Marseille v FC Lorient

J35 – 02/05/15 – FC Metz – Marseille

J36 – 09/05/15 – Marseille v AS Monaco FC

J37 – 16/05/15 – LOSC Lille v Marseille

J38 – 23/05/15 – Marseille v SC Bastia

Bordeaux v Marseille – 10/05/14 – Match Preview


Bordeaux v Marseille

Stade Chaban Belmas, Bordeaux

10/05/14 – 20:00 KO (UK) (Repeated on BTsports1 7:45 11/05)

Marseille face Bordeaux on Saturday evening, hoping they can still push for European qualification. Bordeaux, only one place below OM, are also expecting a new manager to be in charge next season.

Jose Anigo will look to break OM’s barren run in Bordeuax, trying to provide Marseille with their first win in 37 years in what is his penultimate game in charge of OM. An OM win coupled with a Lorient victory over Lyon would put OM in 5th place and in the driving seat for European football next season.  If Anigo is to help OM overcome their opposition he will have to do it without Lemina and Khalifa although Lucas Mendes has returned after suspension.

Bordeaux have relatively good home form, having only been beaten 5 times at home (two of these were by psg and Monaco), though it is worth noting that Marseille have the 4th best away record in the ligue having only lost 4 times on their travels.

After one of their best performances all season in last week’s 4-2 victory over Lyon, Marseille should bring a certain amount of confidence to their performance at the Stade Chaban Delmas, something that always seems to have deserted them in recent seasons.

Expected line-up and formation:


Dja Djedje  Nkoulou  Diawara  Morel

Romao  Cheyrou

Payet  Thauvin  Ayew



Francis Gillot is without Saivet, Bréchet, David Bellion and Jussiê for what will be the final home game of his tenure at Bordeaux. If the game is half as entertaining as last week’s game again Lyon and Bordeaux’s previous home game (5-1 against Guingamp), then we are all in for a treat.

Expected line-up and formation:


Mariano Henrique Sane Orban

Rolan Traore Sertic Maurice-Belay

Diabate Rolan


Allez l’OM!

Olympico – Marseille v Lyon – 04/05/14 – Match Preview

Marseille v Lyon

04/05/2014 – 20:00 ko (UK, Live on BTsport)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

This Sunday sees another ‘Olympico’ as OM have their penultimate home game of the season. With 3 games left to play and sitting 7 points off Saint-Etienne in 4th, and 5 points off tonight’s opponents, Lyon, it looks as though OM with have to prepare for life without European football next season, however, the players and fans alike will have been buoyed by the confirmation that Marcelo Bielsa is confirmed as manager for next season.

Jose Anigo is expected to leave OM at the end of the season, this year having been particularly traumatic and painful for him both on and off the field, professionally and personally. For this game he is without Mendes (suspended), Lemina and Khalifa, although Valbuena returns to the squad and Bangoura and Yousfi have both been included in the match day squad too.

It is likely that Baup will play the same 11 that starter against Nantes last week, with Diawara filling in for the absent Mendes. Thauvin netted in that game and played excellently, holding up play, and bringing others in with some astute passes and vision, something we haven’t always seen from the youngster. Payet, Ayew and Gignac all had patches of positivity in their performance too, although as the game got more stretched, Gignac was left increasingly isolated and struggled to have his usual impact on the game. Once again, the defence looked far from watertight against Nantes, in fact it is very arguable that the Nantes goal could and should have been avoided. First of all, Gapke shouldn’t have been afforded the time on the ball to turn, dribble and shoot, and Mandanda perhaps should have been expecting a shot and could have dealt with a save in a far better manner.

If OM are to pick up a positive result from this game, they will need to work hard against an ever improving Lyon team. Last weekend, in their 4-1 thrashing of Bastia they completed 578 passes, 112 of which were in the attacking third. The best way for OM to avoid being outplayed will be in the midfield and around Lyon’s defence. Pushing a high defensive line and using our 5 midfielders to close down quickly and push the ball wide, will pressure Lyon into mistakes and having to play longer passes (something that is not in their general or preferred style of play).

Full OM squad: Mandanda, Samba, Abergel, Diawara, Fanni, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Dja Djedje, Bangoura, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Ayew, Gignac, Payet, Yousfi.

Likely line-up and formation:


Dja Djedje  Nkoulou  Diawara  Morel

Romao  Cheyrou

Payet  Thauvin  Ayew



Remi Garde brings his Lyon team to the Velodrome knowing that a win will confirm at least a 5th placed finish, with 4th place still a possibility, although weather or not Garde would still be at Lyon next term to enjoy the fruits of his labour remain to be seen as his continuation with the club at the end of his current contract is yet to be confirmed.

Garde is without the services of Gourcuff, M. Lopes, Fofana and Kone, although Grenier is fit enough to be part of the squad, though he is unlikely to start given his recovery from injury. Lyon will be likely to test out the defensive frailties of OM in as many ways as possible. Expect shots from distance from Gomis and Lacazette, as well as anything that might provide a set-piece opportunity around the OM box, such as running at Diawara. Mvuenmba and Ferri will support the strikers down the wings too, running at Morel and Dja Djedje perhaps offering up opportunities for winning corners, and we all know how much OM enjoy defending corners!

Likely line up and formation:


Dabo  Bisavac  Umtitti  Bedimo

Mvuemba  Gonalons  Ferri


Lacazette  Gomis


The game will be close with both teams in similar form, Lyon picking up 210 points from their last 5 games, OM picking up 9 points in that time. Historically, OM have the upper hand in this fixture with 19 Ligue 1 wins to Lyon’s 10, though in recent years OM have only picked up 2 wins from the previous 15 meetings.


Swanny (@aswanny84 & MarseilleUK)


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