Monthly Archives: August 2014

Marseille v Nice – 29/08/14 Match Preview

Fri 29th August 19:30

Marseille v Nice

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

 from OM.net

Having picked up their first win of the season last week at Guingamp, Marco Bielsa’s side will hope to pick up their first 3 points in front of their own fans in the Mediterranean derby against Nice. A solitary goal from Gignac last week was enough to see off a poor Guingamp side, but he result doesn’t reflect the fact that Marseille dominated most of the game.

The injury to Gignac at the end of the Guingamp game proved to not be as bad as first feared as he returned to training mid-week. Along with the return of Gignac, Bielsa will be pleased to see Mario Lemina involved in the squad again for the first time this season.

The full squad is as follows: Mandanda, Samba, Abergel, Dja Djedje, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Sparagna, Alessandrini, Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin, Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac and Payet.

Bielsa may stick with the starting line-up that dominated so much against Guingamp meaning that we may only see Batshuayi, Barrada, Alessandrini or perhaps Lemina from the bench. The attacking link up play and chances created by Dja Djedje, Payet, Thauvin and Gignac early in last week’s game, would be good to see again against Nice, who were comprehensively beaten 1-3 by Bordeaux last week. Nice looked particularly weak down the wings and vulnerable to counter-attacks, and this was visible in all 3 conceded goals.

 

Expected line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Roamo  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

Dja Djedje  Payet  Mendy

Thauvin  Gignac  Ayew

 

Claude Puel’s Nice will look to avoid two defeats on the trot, and get back to winning ways like they did at the beginning of the season. After a 3-2 win over Toulouse, they could then only manage a 0-0 draw at Loirient ahead of last week’s defeat at the hands of ligue leaders Bordeaux. Puel does have the bonus of fit again Dario Cvitanich being fit enough to be included in his match day squad, though he may not be risked as a starting player. They also have former OM man, Souleymane Diawara in their ranks, and his introduction last week from the subs bench provided Nice with some aerial threat and dominance from set-pieces, something that OM need to be aware of.

Probable Nice line-up and formation:

Hanssen

Puel  Genevois  Gomis  Amavi

Eysseric  Mendy  Hult

Vercauteren  Bosetti  Bautheac

 

The relief of picking up their first 3 points of the season should hopefully allow OM to play with a little more confidence and freedom in front of their own fans. That said, if there is an early goal conceded it might be more helpful for the players if the Velodrome faithful avoid the usual whistles and boos and continue to support the team, as it hardly helped against Montpellier. Marseille do have the upper hand in this fixture with 35 wins (33 Ligue 1) to Nice’s 6 (5 Ligue 1), however, Nice overcame OM twice last year with 1-0 wins, and will be hoping they can do the sme again this time around.

 

Other Ligue 1 games:

Monaco v Lille

Caen v Rennes

Lens v Reims

Lorient v Guingamp

Nantes v Montpellier

Toulouse v Evian

Bordeaux v Bastia

Metz v Lyon

psg v Sainte-Etienne

 

Allez l’OM

@Aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Guingamp 0-1 Marseille: 23/08/14 Match Report

Sat 23rd August – 16:00

Guingamp 0v1 Marseille

(Gignac)

Stade Municipal du Roudourou, Giongamp – Att. 16, 901

 from OM.net

Marseille finally picked up their first win at the third time of asking, but made hard work of it against a poor Guingamp team. Bielsa’s side had the lions-share of possession and chances, however it was a sole goal from Andre-Pierre Gignac immediately after the interval the settled the result.

 

Mandanda

Romao  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

Dja Djedje  Payet  Mendy

Thauvin  Gignac  Ayew

Subs: Samba, Abergel, Sparagna, Alessandrini (’88 >Gignac), Barrada (’59 >Payet), Bangoura, Batshuayi (’45 >Thauvin)

 

OM started the game positively, playing with some confidence that had been missing in last week’s shocking show against Montpellier. Passing and movement led to Marseille controlling the game from the outset and they began making the Samassawork in the Guingamp goal quickly. Dja Djedje and Payet first wen close, then Gignac and Thauvin worked the ‘keeper and woodwork a number of times each.

Despite this though both sides went in equal at half time where Bielsa opted to bring off the creative Thauvin for finisher Batshuayi. Within seconds of the restart, Bielsa’s change looked to have worked as Gignac broke the deadlock. Quick play down the left saw the ball played forward to Batshuayi. His first time lay-off to Payet was then crossed to the back-post where Gignac volleyed the ball into the ground, bouncing back across goal and beating Samassa.

The travelling OM fans managed to get their first glimpse of new-signing Barrada as he came on to replace Payet. Barrada immediately settled into the pace of the game showing some good vision and making some key passes. Marseille did lose some of their dominance and control over the game from this point, however, with our main creative outlets, Thauvin and Payet, both being off the pitch.

Guingamp searched for an equaliser later on, but other than Lemaitre clipping the cross-bar as he shot from distance on the only scares were injury scares. Firstly, Mandanda collided with Yatabare, the same two who met on the final day of last season, a collision which left Mandanda unable to join the French national side for the Brazil World Cup. Shortly before full-time, Gignac went down after  twisting his ankle, he was stretchered off but thankfully began training mid-week after recovering.

Bielsa’s reaction (from om.net):

“We had several good opportunities and we managed to score. After going in front, we controlled the game pretty well. Defensively, the team played well and individually, the players did the job. We could have scored more goals because we had a number of good chances. The team defended very well and also constructed good attacks, but, on the other hand, we didn’t finish well.”

Other Ligue 1 Results:

Evian 0-0 psg

Bastia 1-0 Toulouse

Lille 2-0 Lorient

Montpellier 2-0 Metz

Nice 1-3 Bordeuax

Reims 0-2 Caen

Lyon 0-1 Lens

Saint-Etienne 0-0 Rennes

Nantes 0-1 Monaco

Guingamp v Marseille – 23/08/14 – Match Preview

Sat 23rd August 16:00

Guingamp v Marseille

Stade du Roudourou, Guingamp

 from OM.net

Marseille and Bielsa look to make it third time lucky as they search for their first Ligue 1 win of the season after picking up a draw and defeat so far. An entertaining opening day draw at Bastia was met with excitement, but the disastrous defeat by Montpellier was met with boos and whistles from the capacity Velodrome crowd last week. Bielsa made it clear that the result and performance were not acceptable and will be looking for an immediate response from his squad as they travel north to Brittany.

Bielsa is still without Mario Lemina but no one else is expected to be missing from the squad. The full 18 that have travel is made up of:

Mandanda, Samba, Abergel, Dja Djedje, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Romao, Sparagna, Alessandrini, Bangoura, Barrada, Imbula, Thauvin, Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac and Payet.

Although not obviously critical of individuals from the Montpellier defeat, it will be interesting to see who Bielsa opts for in the defensive aspects of the starting 11, with neither Nkoulou, Morel, Romao or Dja Djedje covering themselves in glory.

Bielsa will expect Imbula and Ayew/Payet to provide greater links between defence and attack in this game with hopes that Thauvin can see more of the ball too and show off his creative side more than he was able to against Montpellier. Although Gignac is expected to start, a poor first half may see him replaced by Batshuayi early into the 2nd 45.

Expected line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Romao  Nkoulou  Morel

Dja Djedje  Imbula  Mendy

Thauvin  Payet  Ayew

Gignac

 

Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Guingamp side suffered an opening day defeat at the hands of string starters Saint-Etienne, but managed to see off newly promoted Lens last week with a single late goal from Douniama. Having witnessed the OM defensive frailties last week, expect ex-NUFC man Sylvain Marveaux to try and exploit this down the Guingamp left side.

Expected Guingamp line-up:

Samassa

Jacobsen  Sorbon  Kerbrat  Baca

Beauvue  Diallo  Mathis  Marveuax

Yatabara  Schwartz

 

Once again, Marseille should have enough strength to see off Guingamp, OM also have history on their with 6 wins from the last 6 meetings between the 2 sides. However, should OM put in the same performance as last week, expect another ‘upset’ and life to become even more difficult for Bielsa.

 

Other Ligue 1 games:

Evian 0-0 psg

Reims v Caen

Nice v Bordeaux

Montpellier v Metz

Lille v Lorient

Bastia v Toulouse

Lyon v Lens

Saint-Etienne v Rennes

Nantes v Monaco

 

Allez l’OM

@Aswanny84

@MarseilleUK