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Lille 1-0 Marseille – 03/12/13 – Match Report

The game started amid a ferocious atmosphere with both teams matching each other for intensity early on. Thauvin took to his role as pantomime villain well and after a slow start began to make some good runs down the right, though the persistence of 3 Lille markers on him every time he got the ball, meant he wasn’t always as productive as in previous games. The same could be said for Valbuena and Payet who also struggled to get touches on the ball before being crowded out by the hard working Lille players.
Lille managed a few chances on goal with shots from distance from both Kalou and Balmont, the former should have managed more chances if it wasn’t for his persistent straying offside. Lille also had a number of corners in the first half that they should have managed better from.
Marseilles best chance of the first half came as Thauvin collected the ball in his own half. As he broke forwards he was eventually tackled near the edge of the Lille box. As the ball came loose to Cheyrou he played in Gignac. APG only just had time to turn and shoot before Enyeama stormed out of his goal to make the save.
In the second half Marseille took greater charge of the game. Pushing forwards on the right, left and particularly through the centre. The half chances that were created were often straight at Enyeama but the chance of the game for OM came as both Gignac and Thauvin were denied in close succession by Enyeama, who pulled off two wonderful saves to keep his clean sheet record intact.
The only notable events for OM after this was the departure of Valbuena and Payet through injury, Lille’s rough approach to these players eventually taking it toll. Valbuena, during the course of the game, had already been cracked by rugby player wannabe Balmont, before Kjaer basically threw him to the ground. The difference in stature and weight, meant that Valby was easily thrown over and landed awkwardly on his shoulder, neck and head, suffering a dislocated shoulder. Kjaer again escaped a booking despite the lack of any reason to be so aggressive. The referee also showed that he must have left his bollocks in the changing room along with his cards as he spoke to Girard for the 3rd time, without sending him from the touch line.
Thauvin was replaced at the end, and continued his role as pantomime villain as he applauded the Lille fans. Unfortunately, minutes later, in injury time the Lille fans were cheering again, as Roux netted a last gasp winner. A cross from behind Morel (yup), saw Roux sneak in behind Abdallah and net easily past Mandanda. Questions really have to be asked of the defence as to why Diwara and Nkoulou were so far out of position.
As the full time whistle blew though, far more pressing questions also need answering and addressing. Who will fill the gap left by Ayew, Payet and now Valbuena? Why is Cheyrou starting ahead of Imbula? Why is Morel in the squad? How long before Mendes can rightfully take his place in defence ahead of a rapidly declining and aging Diawara?
Marseille have the opportunity to get over this disappointment fairly quickly as they host Nantes on Friday night. The injuries won’t help against a team that are playing well and have surprised most this season.

Allez l’OM!

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Marseille 1-0 Lille 0 Match Report

An early 2nd half goal from Jordan Ayew was enough to give Marseille a well=earned and hard-fought victory over Lille at the Stade Velodrome.

Joey Barton shone in his Ligue 1 debut and was integral to the matches major turning point, Balmont’s sending off. His 40 yard through ball led to a neat Valbuena control, who then cut in-front of Balmont and enetered the box as he was caught by the Lille man. The referee deemed the foul, a red card offence as Valbuena could well have taken a shot after his neat control.

Almost immediately after half-time, Marseille managed to grab what turned out to be the winning goal. Neat interplay between Valbuena and Morel on the left of the Lille box saw the little man lift a cross into the centre which jAyew rose to meet and headed back across Landreau’s goal.

The score-line in this game could have been vastly different had it not been for Landreau and also Mandanda. Both men were in fine form and Valbuena, Cheyrou and jAyew were denied a number of times for OM, just as Roux, most frequently denied for the visitors.

This was another excellent performance by Marseille, with Manadanda, Valbuena and Barton particular standouts for OM. They will need to repeat this sort of performance if they are to win the top of table ‘Olympico’ on Wednesday.

Goals and highlights

Marseille v Lille – Match Preview

Sun 25/11/12 – 20:00 (UK – Delayed on ESPN)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Ref. – Laurent Duhamel

Background –

After a European expedition to be forgotten for both teams, Marseille and Lille may now feel that domestic competitions will take their full focus as they try and prise psg’s grip off the various trophies available. After weeks of poor luck with injuries, suspensions and results OM at least have the positive of welcoming back Loic Remy from injury and Joey Barton is in line to make his Ligue 1 debut.

Marseille –

The Marseille squad for the game consists of: Mandanda, Fabri, Fanni, Abdallah, Diawara, Nkoulou, Mbow, Morel, Cheyrou, Kabore, Barton, Abdullah, A. Ayew, Valbuena, Raspentino, J. Ayew, Remy and Jobello.

The worries over the fitness of Valbuena (back) and Nkoulou (groin) seem to have been overcautious as both were included in the official squad release. Both Mendes and Amalfitano miss out though so if Valbuena and Nkoulou suffer a set-back, the squad will be stretched even further!

The inclusion of Barton in the starting eleven is likely to give a much needed lift to the OM squad and fans alike, as Baup tries to re-discover some of the early season discipline and strength that gave OM so many victories. Barton can support the striking qualities of Remy, with his ability for lofted passes and crosses from wide and deep angles also likely to cause potential problems for Basa and Chedjou in central defence, although there are fitness concerns over the latter and David Rozenhal may deputise.

With out a doubt Marseille’s most dangerous forward player has been Valbuena in recent weeks, with some of his link-up play and close ball control just being a delight to watch. If he can keep himself on his feet more, he will really damage any team on his day, and if he attacks down the right avoiding Debuchy he is likely to see more success.

Likely starting line up:

 

Who are they? –

As mentioned earlier, Lille’s European form has been poor, and their early season Ligue form wasn’t much better. It took them until the 8th week to pick up their 2nd win, but since then their form has improved and so have their results. Last week’s defeat at the hands of Lorient can be taken with a pinch of salt as Lorient are one of those teams who can (and often do) beat anyone on their day.

Aurelien Chedjou has been Lille’s rock at times this season. His performances from centre back have resulted in 3 goals from 16 games so far. On the ground Remy may find it difficult to get past Chedjou, and may stand a better chance in aerial challenges. The class of Dubuchy should go without saying but Andre Ayew will have to play one of his best games of the season if he is to have much luck against him. Up-top, the enigmatic Nolan Roux can be an incredibly difficult striker to play against. He manages to get himself into good positions, albeit sometimes offside ones, and can lose defenders easily, although as his 3 goals from 12 appearances will tell you, he often lacks consistency.

Summary –

With the some of the other top teams slipping up this weekend a god win for either team would keep them within touching distance of the Ligue 1 summit (OM would be joint 1st, whereas Lille would be 3 points behind that). Once again, Marseille will come up against a team that can be disciplined and difficult to break down, however, this is often when they have done well this season. Joey Barton may just be the man to light the blue touch paper and re-ignite Marseille’s season. If he is to do this, he will need to put in his best performance in an OM shirt. Tight game expected, though probably entertaining as it is not broadcast live.

Predicted score: Marseille 2v1 Lille   

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Marseille 2.25

Draw 3.00

Lille 3.50

 

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

 

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Saint-Etienne 1-0 Valenciennes

psg 4-0 Troyes

Reims 0-0 Brest

Rennes 0-1 Evian

Bastia 2-1 Lorient

Nancy 1-1 Ajaccio

Sochaux 0-1 Nice

Montpellier v Bordeaux

Toulouse v Lyon

Marseille 2-0 Lille – Match Report

Lille’s long 17 match unbeaten ligue run was ended on Sunday night as they fell away at Le Stade Velodrome, Marseille beating them 2-0. Taking all things into account, it was a deserved win for OM and the victory now takes them right onto the coat-tails of the teams battling it out for the Champions League places.

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