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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:


Roamo  Nkoulou  Morel


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:


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



Nice v Marseille 31/03/13 – Match Preview

OGC Nice v Marseille


Stade du Ray, Nice

Referee: Laurent Duhamel


After an international break, Marseille return to action on Easter Sunday against Mediterranean neighbours Nice. Having stuttered with form and results since Christmas, allowing the ligue title to escape them and other teams to close in on a Champions League spot, OM need a strong end of season push. Nice have continued to impress all this season with Claude Puel’s men slowly but steadily climbing the table.


Elie Baup is without Abdallah for this game and although Amalfitano is training again he does not make the match day squad. The full squad is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Diawara, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Abergel, Barton, Cheyrou, Abdullah, Valbuena, Kadir, A. Ayew, J. Ayew, Sougou, Gignac.

The inclusion of Cheyrou in a starting line up would help Barton link the defence and attack in a way that has been missing recently. Hopefully Sougou can continue with the form and threat that he had started to show before the break.

Expected starting line up:


Fanni, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel

Barton, Cheyrou

Sougou, Valbuena, A. Ayew



Nice are without the suspended Eysseric along with the injured Bahoken and Traore. Pejcinovic and Cvitabich are both doubts.

With that in mind the likely starting line up for Nice is:


Genovois, Civelli, Gomis, Kolodziejczak

Digard, Anin

Pied, Meriem, Bautheac



Nice are particularly strong at set pieces and are clinical with converting these chances. As they fften attacking down the middle, Barton and Cheyrou may drop central and deep to push Nice’ attackers wide at the last minute.


This game will undoubtedly be a tight fought affair and Marseille must be victorious if they are determined to qualify for the Champions League this season.


Predicted result: Nice 1v2 Marseille





Marseille 2-2 Nice – Match Report

Just 3 days after letting a 2-1 win slip to a late equalising goal at home, Marseille did exactly the same again, this time against south-coast rivals Nice.

It looked like it wasn’t to be Marseille’s day when Valbuena had an early penalty saved, however he made up for this in the 40th minute by providing the cross that Andre Ayew headed home to give OM the lead (despite being in an offside position).

Nice should have equalised immediately in the 2nd half, but referee Said Ennjimi and his assistant decided that Civelli’s shot from a corner did not cross the line. That should have acted as awarning for Marseille, but when another cross drifted across the box, Cvitanich was left unmarked at the far post to net for the visitors.

Marseille’s 2nd goal came as Andre Ayew’s shot rebounded off the bar and hit off the back of Ospina. At first it looked like the ball had crossed the line, but Ospina pushed the ball wide, only for Valbuena to make sure the rebound went in, 2-1 Marseille.

The equaliser for Nice came in the 88th minute and came through a lack of concentration in the OM quarters. As Nice broke down the left there looked to be little danger. The cross came and as Meriem’s shot looked to be heading wide, ex-OM man Abriel snuck in to net, unmarked from close range.

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