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Monaco v Marseille – 26/01/14 – Match Preview


AS Monaco v Olympique de Marseille

Stade Louis II, Monaco

26/01/14 – 20:00 (Live on BTsports1 UK)


After an incredible Coupe de France game against Nice midweek, Marseille travel along the Mediterranean to face Monaco in Ligue 1. Out of Europe, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, OM must focus on Ligue 1 now with the utmost priority and try to consolidate 3rd position, building on recent slips by Lille. One would hope that the othr teams sniffing around a European qualification spot like Nantes and Reims will run out of steam before the end of the season, however Saint-Etienne and Lyons recent resurgences will be a cause for concern for OM.

As well as putting up with negative press reports, abusive vandalism and as a result cancelling a scheduled press conference, Jose Anigo is without Nicolas Nkoulou for the game against Monaco. Although there has been no official reason given, some speculate it may have something to do with the bid from Napoli midweek. As expected, Andre Ayew also misses. The full squad is made up of Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Abergel, Diawara, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Tuiloma, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, Gignac, Khalifa, Payet and Yousfi.

Marseille will hope that the trickery and skill of Valbuena and birthday boy Thauvin will be enough to unlock the 2nd best defence in Ligue 1, having only conceded 14 goals (OM have conceded 21). Monaco showed against Valenciennes in their last home match that they could be susceptible to counter attacks, as they pressure other teams and push forwards looking for a goal. A tight defence would obviously be essential for this, not just stopping Monaco from scoring, but stopping them from creating clear chances. We could also hope that they may have hit a slight dip in form, with Falcao first playing poorly, and now missing the remainder of the season through ACL injury. In their last 3 ligue games Monaco have lost 1, drawn 1 and won 1, compared to OM’s 2 draws and a win.

Likely line-up and formation:


Fanni Diawara Mendes Mendy

Romao Cheyrou

Payet Valbuena Thauvin



As mentioned before Claudio Ranieri will be without Falcao, and despite his recent form or attitude he is a huge character to have missing from any squad. Ranieri may also be without Anthony Martial through injury. This could leave an opening for 23 year old, Valere Germain, to start up front with Emmanuel Reviere, who has only made 1 start and six appearences this season for Monaco, with no goals to his name yet. This could work in OM’s favour as, as the ‘main striker’ Reviere may be seen as the target man and he can be susceptible to losing the ball easily when expected to hold the ball up to bring others into play.

Likely line-up and formation:


Raggi Abidal Carvalho Kurzawa

Moutinho Toulalan Obbadi


Germain Reviere

As with every game recently I feel I am saying this is ‘a must win game for both teams’. Monaco can go within 3 points of psg, after the ligue leaders dropped 2 points in their away draw with Guingamp on Friday. That win would also take them to 7 points ahead of 3rd place Lille. A win for OM, would continue a good run of ligue form and put them 5th at the end of the weekend, however if they were to then win their game in hand against Valenciennes they would move up to 4th and would only be 3 points behind 3rd placed Lille.

Allez l’OM

Marseille – Monaco – 01/09/13 – Match Preview

01/09/13 – 20:00 (UK – Live on BTsport 1)
Ligue 1 – Game 4
Marseille – Monaco
Stade Velodrome, Marseille

As the only side in Ligue 1 with a 100% record, Marseille face their toughest test to date as they face the team that many expect to overtake OM into 2nd spot this season, AS Monaco. OM have had mixed performances so far, with exciting and entertaining football in patches against Guingamp and Evian, replaced by the hard work but dull and efficient performance against Valenciennes. The same can be said about our Mediterranean neighbours. They were clinical and efficient in the season opener against Bordeaux with 2 late goals, entertaining and excellent against Montpellier followed by dull and drab against Toulouse. Sunday’s game will be a clear indicator of the title credentials of either team.


Gianelli Imbula who missed out on the game against Valenciennes, but has taken part in some training, is part of the squad and may start. The rest of the squad is expected to be the same, with Payet and Gignac’s confidence boosted with their inclusion in the French national squad for the upcoming internationals along with Mandanda and Valbuena. The late omission of Morel, means it is likely that Mendy will start again, having missed the last 2 games.

Diawara and Morel will be likely to keep their places in defence along with Nkoulou and Fanni. With keeping the same defensive unit for the 3rd game in a row, hopefully their increased understanding and communication with Mandanda will help keep the Monaco attackers at bay.

It is fair to say that Monaco have not yet really been tested since their return to Ligue 1. In their wins over Bordeaux and Montpellier, and goalless draw with Toulouse the apposition have only managed 9 shots on target (Bordeaux (6), Montpellier (3) Toulouse (0)). OM should offer a more clinical attack than those 3 teams, given that OM have averaged 6 shots on target per game so far giving a goal conversion rate of 33%. In other words, give Gignac and Payet chances to shoot and Marseille should score.

Full Marseille squad: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Nkoulou, Abdullah, Amalfitano, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, J. Ayew, A. Ayew, Gignac, Payet, Khalifa.


Claudio Renieri’s team have impressed most so far this season, particularly with how well their many signings have gelled. The quality of Monaco’s signings is not in question, but their ability to grind out a result when facing some of the ligue’s better teams has not yet been seen. Toulouse put up quite a fight and managed to stifle the Monaco creative play and attack, and under this pressure they failed to win. This type of siege mentality is often what awaits teams like psg and Marseille, and if they want to seriously challenge for the title then Monaco will need to find a way past teams.

Marseille will need to be wary of the Monaco set-pieces, with communication between Mandanda and his defence key. This communication has improved game by game, but is still well short of the discipline that saw them keep 7 clean sheets in a row last season.

The OM defence will need to decide how to mark. In previous games, it seems as though Reviere has enjoyed success through the space created by Falcao as the opposition defence have been more worried and preoccupied with the Columbian. OM should perhaps look at man-marking both Reviere and Falcao, and leave any further covering to Imbula/Cheyrou or Romao.

Full Monaco squad: Callard, Romero, Subasic, Abidal, Carvalho, Fabinho, Isimat-Mirin, Kurzawa, Raggi, Tisserand, Ferreria-Carrasco, Moutinho, Obbadi, Ocampos, Pi, Rodriguez, Toulalan, Falcao, Germain, Reviere. 

Marseille certainly have the history books with them in this fixture having won 20 to Moncao’s 9 at the Stade Velodrome, and OM have only lost 1 of the last 10 meetings between the 2 sides.  Joking aside the atmosphere may be an issue for Monaco. Many teams find the atmosphere at the Velodrome intimidating, and this crowd will certainly be the largest that the Monaco players have faced in Ligue 1 to date. As a result of the quality of players and the atmosphere, I feel that Marseille just have the edge in this fixture, but they will absolutely have to be at their best to overcome a very good Monaco side.  

Monaco have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 25 trips to the Velodrome.
Marseille are unbeaten in their last 9 home games.
Monaco are unbeaten in their last 12 away games.
50% of Monaco’s goals have come after the 80th minute.


Other Ligue 1 games
Sat 31st  
Evian – Lyon
psg – Guingamp
Sochaux – Ajaccio
Rennes – Lille
Reims – Nantes
Lorient – Valenciennes
Bastia – Toulouse
Sun 1st
Saint-Etienne – Bordeaux
Nice – Montpellier


Allez l’OM
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @aswanny84)

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