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Bordeaux v Marseille – Match Preview

Sun 18/11/12 – 20:00 (UK – Live on ESPN)

Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

Ref. – Lionel Jaffredo

Background –

With 3 minutes remaining against Mediterranean neighbours OGC Nice it looked like Marseille had banished their recent slump in form, when ex-OM man Abriel equalised and the game finished 2-2. Elie Baup directed veiled criticism at the team, citing a lack in concentration the reseason for the defeat and explaining that this was something he thought the team had managed to overcome. As he returns to his successful old stomping ground, Baup will have to make sure that there are no lapses in concentration or Bordeaux will punish les phocéens.

Marseille –

Along with the recent devastation of losing Andre-Pierre Gingac through injury, Loic Remy limped off against Nice after only 20 minutes. Ordinarily this would not be helpful for any team, but factor in the continued suspension of Joey Barton, Jordan Ayew’s ban and Amalfitano’s 2 match ban for his ridiculous bust-up with psg’s Matuidi and it is evident that the OM team really are down to the bare bones. Although the return of ex-Bordeaux man Diawara will be some comfort to Baup, he’s not likely to weigh-in with the kind of goals that APG, Remy, Ayew or Amalfitano can produce. An injury to Bracigliano has also prevented the back up ‘keeper from travelling with the squad.

Full team news to follow.

Who are they? –

Without a doubt one of the most (sursprisingly) consistent teams in Ligue 1 this calendar year have been Bordeaux. A 17 match unbeaten run was only recently halted by Newcastle United in the Europa League, and since then they have faltered only once, a 3-1 reverse at Bastia, and have consequently risen to within 2 points of the Ligue 1 summit. With no investment over the summer months and a number of squad players leaving, there are many similarities between how Bordeaux and Marseille prepared for the season.

The work-ethic of this Bordeaux team is one of their strong points, often seeming to swarm at the opposition when not in possession, and they can attack as a unit with frightening pace. 65% of goals for Bordeaux have come in the second half, this will need to be a time when Marseille are particularly focussed in order to avoid another Nice repeat.

The key player in whatever Bordeaux do is Polish international Ludovic Obraniak. The versatile midfielder has already netted 4 times this season and provided 3 assists. Given time Obraniak will hold onto the ball before setting through accurate passes for Jussie or Gouffran. Close him down and he can turn, dribble or pass his way out of trouble. Possibly the best way to combat Obraniak’s effectiveness will be to crowd the centre of midfield, forcing him out wide  and therefore limiting his central passing opportunities. This will require the cooperation and team work of both central midfielders and the two players playing down either flank, of course whilst doing this they can’t afford to forget about the players they ought to be marking too.

Summary –

Marseille’s last ligue victory at Bordeaux came in 1978, and on paper, despite OM’s high placing, it is difficult to imagine anything but that abysmal run continuing. With Marseille, however, anything is possible. Take the recent away win at Ajaccio for example. A nortoriously difficult place to visit and Marseille had a poor record there, but Baup set the team up to dominate the midfield and the players played with determinism and discipline that resulted in a comfortable 2-0 victory. NUFC, played much the same way against Bordeaux in the Europa League, pushing high up the pitch and leaving a huge gulf between the Bordeaux midfield and attack that led to few chances for the strikers. In the current context this may be OM’s most difficult game of the season and a draw would be seen as a good result.

Predicted score: Bordeaux 2v1 Marseille   

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Bordeaux 2.20

Draw 3.10

Marseille 3.50


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)


Other Ligue 1 Fixtures

Lorient 2v0 Lille

psg v Rennes

Brest v Bastia

Valenciennes v Montpellier

Evian v Saint-Etienne

Ajaccio v Sochaux

Troyes v Nancy

Lyon v Reims

Nice v Toulouse


Bordeaux v Marseille – Match Preview

Ligue 1 – Girondins de Bordeaux v Olympique de Marseille – Match Preview


Time: 21:00 (20:00 UK)

Venue: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux



Background –

Having recently experienced the elation of an actual victory in the form of the 1-0 Coupe de la Ligue final win against Lyon, Marseille were brought crashing down to earth with another 1-1 draw against struggling Caen. Many hoped the cup win would provide Marseille with an opportunity to finish the season positively, and although a European qualification placing looked unlikely and is now unnecessary, they might actually end the season with some self-respect.

This Saturday sees Bordeaux host Marseille, and although their fantastic form from early February has since faltered, a succession of draws surrounding a win of Brest has ensured Bordeaux have stayed in 8th and not dropped in the standing, unlike OM. Previous form at the Stade Chaban-Delmas bodes well for le Girondins, however, as Marseille have not registered a win there since 1977, an incredible 26 games ago.


Marseille Team selection –

The only forced change to Marseilles squad is likely to be due to the suspension of Amalfitano who is now serving a retrospective 2 game punishment. Diawarra is out until next season, whereas both Remy and Andre Ayew are expected to play despite on-going niggles.

At this stage in the season Deschamps really needs to look at his team and decide on squad, formation and tactics ahead of the summer. Fully recognising which players he wishes to keep and who he can be happy to leave.

Personally my starting line up would be as follows. Mandanda – Azpilicueta, Nkoulou, Mbia, Morel – Fanni, Valbuena, Cheyrou, A. AYew – Remy, J. Auew.

Firstly, too often this season there has been no quality link up between defense/defensive midfield and the strikers. Cheyrou and Valbuena in central midfield allow excellent link-up as well as allowing Valbuena to dribble when given time and space. With the lack of Amilfatano on the right I would like to see Fanni play there, he has shown countless times he can overlap, take on defenders and put in crosses. This would allow him the opportunity to do it without worrying about his need to defend, although his defensive qualities would help nullify Bordeaux’s attacking threat down their left.


Summary –

As much as I try to be positive in these previews and show that Marseille can and will win, it feels almost pointless now. Watching 11 individuals go out each week and fail to perform as a team makes this game against Bordeaux all the more difficult. GdB are not blessed with as many ‘big names’ as OM, however, recently they have been playing as a team. Using a 3-5-2 formation allows them to attack with numbers, and defend with numbers when called upon, something the Marseille squad could learn a great deal from. A mixture of current form and past history here suggests to me that Marseille will struggle and at best will return home with a score-draw, likely result: Bordeaux 2-1 Marseille.


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)