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Coupe de la Ligue – Lyon v Marseille – 15/01/14 – Match Preview

Coupe de la Ligue

Olympique Lyon v Olympique Marseille

Stade de Gerland, Lyon

15/01/2014, 19:55 (UK)

Live on ESPN

Marseille will look to keep up their 100% record in the New Year as they face their toughest test of 2014 so far in the Coupe de la Ligue away at Lyon. A win would take OM into the semi-finals of the competition that they won 3 years on the bounce between 2010-2012, before succumbing to psg early in the competition last year.

Positive performances before the winter break and successive victories in the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 will ensure that the OM squad head into this game with some confidence, helped by the earlier than expected return of Matthieu Valbuena from injury.

Jose Anigo’s travelling squad is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Lemina, Diop, Gignac, Khalifa, Payet & Thauvin.

It is unlikely that Valbuena will start the game on his return from injury, but he may feature late on, depending on the nature of the game. The only other surprise is the inclusion of Oumar Diop, who again will be in the squad purely as emergency cover.

Likely line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Fanni Nkoulou Diawara Mendy

Romao Cheyrou

Payet Thauvin Khalifa

Gignac

 

Remi Garde’s side have struggled a little this season, similarly to OM. They currently sit 9th in the ligue, 4 points behind OM and more concerning for them is that they have not made the Stade de Gerland the fortress it has been in previous seasons. Since the start of the season, OL fans have only witnessed 4 ligue wins, 7 wins in total. However, what will make this game difficult for OM is that, although Lyon may not have won as many as one might expect, they have only lost twice at home in 17 games. That was way back in August against Real Sociedad in Europe and Reims in the ligue.

Lyon’s match-day squad is made up from: Vercoutre, Gorgelin, Bedimo, Bisevic, Kone, Lopes, Untiti, Zaffane, Fekir, Fofana, Gonalons, Gourcuff, Grenier, Malbranque, Briand, Gomis, Lacazette and Njie.

Expected line-up and formation:

Vercoutre

Lopes Bisavic Umtiti Bedimo

Fofana Gonalons Grenier

Gourcuff

Gomis Lazazette

 

This will be a tough test for both sides, who arrive at this match with similar current form. With outside chances of Champions League football for both sides, a Coupe de la Ligue win could put a little gloss on perhaps otherwise disappointing seasons for both clubs. OM will have to be wary of the threat from Gourcuff, who is having a good run in the squad free from injury and is playing with some of the confidence that made him such a sought after player when OL signed him. They can counter attack with stunning pace, as we found out in the ligue last season and will attack down the wings regularly so both Payet and Khalifa will need to support Fanni and Mendy more frequently than in previous games. From here they will also look to cross in for Gomis and Lacazette, perhaps man-marking from Nkoulou and Diawara in these situations would be best with Cheyrou and Romao dropping back to clear any loose balls.

 

Allez l’OM,

Andrew (@aswanny84 & @MarseilleUK)

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Out of the Coupe de la Ligue

psg 2-0 Marseille

31/10/12 – Parc des Princes, Paris

A very contentious penalty decision left OM a man and a goal down inside the first 30 minutes at the Parc des Princes. A coming together between Fanni and Hoarau on the edge of the area saw the psg man take a tumble, and despite Nkoulou in a covering position referee Antony Gaultier reached for the red and pointed to the spot.

Thiago Silva sent Mandanda the wrong way and netted for the home side from the penalty and it was always going to be difficult from then. Valbuena and Cherou had the best chances for OM in the remainder of the first half, but both were from well outside the box as OM’s 10 men struggled to get past a well organised psg defence.

5 minutes into the second half Menez played the ball into Pastore who played a wonderful lofted pass back to Menez who shot past Mandanda at the near post to make it 2-0 for the hosts. The remainder of the 2nd half saw OM create very little again, Cheyrou hitting the post with a long-distance free-kick, was the closest the visitors came.

After winning the competition 3 years in a row it’s about time Marseille let someone else win it, its just a shame that psg and a referee helped knock OM out.

Highlights and goals

Coupe de la Ligue Draw

After the midweek set of matches the draw was made on Wednesday evening for the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue, and it certainly did not disappoint for those who were eagerly waiting to see if Marseille could make it an unprecedented 4 titles in a row in the competition. Marseille were drawn away to psg in what was surely the pick of the round.
The game will be played in Paris just over 3 weeks after the two teams meet in Marseille in the Ligue. psg will undoubtedly wish to stop Marseille from winning the trophy for the 4th time in row and will hope that they can effectively buy their own piece of history, just as they are trying in the Ligue.
Below is around up of all the Couoe de la Ligue games, which will be played over the 30th-31st October.

Montpellier v Bordeaux
Bastia v Auxerre
psg v OM
Monaco v Troyes
Lille v Toulouse
Rennes v Arles Avignon
Nice v Lyon
Sochaux v Saint-Etienne

Coupe de la Ligue Semi-Final – Marseille 2-1 Nice – Match Report

Marseille claimed a laborious 2-1 victory against Nice to progress to their 3rd consecutive Coupe de la Ligue final. In a match which contained few chances, Brandao’s strike just after the interval proved to be decisive and Deschamps’ men managed to claim a battling success. Compared to the previous night’s semi-final between Lorient and Lyon, this was pretty forgettable but the most important thing for OM was that they made it through to the final. Continue reading