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Marseille v Bastia – 13/09/15 – Match Preview

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Excitement, elation, disappointment and despair, just an average 2 weeks as a Marseille fan it feels. After the highs of the emphatic 6-0 win over Troyes there was the lacklustre defeat at the hands of Guingamp, the end of the transfer window promising much, only to be left deflated with the lack of signings that we really needed.

After an international break where those who weren’t on international duty travelled to Slovakia to face Spartak Trnava, Michel will hopefully have managed to spend more time with his squad getting to know them and working on some of the failings that halted our progress against Guingamp. Without Batshuayi around for the last week, he will also have got an idea of awaits between now and January should the Belgian international get injured.

Having struggled to get past a deep lying Guingamp team last game, getting caught on the break twice and creating little to nothing in the final third in our previous game, there has to be a clear sight for improvement from Michel and the OM team. If Diarra is playing deep and protecting the defence (when under pressure) as he has in previous outings, Allesandrini and Cabella ought to stay out wide around the half-way line with a view to attacking down the wings, a contrast to Bastia’s preference to attacking down the middle before spreading out wide further up the field, finding width on the Velodrome’s pitch which did not appear to be there in Guingamp. Mendy will immeadiately support Cabella and these two should be the 2 to aim for if crossing for Batshuayi, whereas Alessandrini could be used more for cutting inside, in which case Cabella could drop more central linking with Michy, and Barrada providing cover support from a deeper position.

For now, Michel has kept the full squad under wraps, with no definitive answer as to which of the new players will start or even be in the squad. The most likely inclusions would be Mauricio Isla and Lucas Silva.

Likely starting line-up:

Mandanda

Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Isla/Silva, Diarra, Barrada

Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Cabella

Bastia have managed a fairly solid start to Ligue 1 this season, currently sitting in 6th after home wins against Rennes and Guingamp, whilst drawing with Lorient and losing to Saint-Etienne whilst on the road. Although the Corsicans won’t have any fans with them at the Velodrome, they do have ex-Olympians Brandao and Florian Raspentino in their squad, though they will be without Djiku and Kamano through suspension.

Bastia’s expected line-up:

Hansen

Cioni, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri

Cahuzac, Fofana

Ayite, Diallo, Danic

Brandao

As much as we said the Guingamp game was a must win, with tough games against Lyon and psg combined with the start of our Europa League campaign, it really is imperative that OM kick start the season now and begin to assert some sort of consistency.

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Guingamp v Marseille – 28/08/15

OM team

Having started week 3 with their 3rd manager, no wins and the lowest Ligue goal-scorers, an emphatic win over Troyes took OM from the foot of the table and to the Ligue’s joint highest scorers, bringing some much needed pride and confidence to the Velodrome. Some excellent performances from new signings Diarra and Cabella along with solid performances from Mendy, Batshuayi and Alessandrini were the pick of the bunch, though everyone played their part.

The 6-0 win certainly hit the headlines, but as good as OM were, the second half performance from Troyes meant that as good as OM were, most Ligue 1 teams would probably have put a number of goals past Troyes as they completely collapsed and looked as dejected a side I have ever seen. So another week and another test for Michel and his squad. The result against Troyes will be quickly forgotten in aid of more ‘crisis-club’ headlines should OM fail to pick up a win over bottom of the Ligue, Guingamp, who have failed to register a goal or point so far this season.

Michel has managed to bolster his squad already with the loan of Real Madrid’s Lucas Silva, though he isn’t available for the match-day squad yet, Dja Djedje misses out through the injury he received before the Troyes match, so Romao returns to the squad after his suspension. Given the performance against Troyes it is likely that Michel will name the same starting 11.

The full squad consists of: Pele, Madndanda, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Doria, Sparagna, Mendy, Lemina, Diarra, Sarr, Barrada, Romao, Frank-Zambo Aguissa, Ocampos, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, Batshuayi.

OM expected line-up:

Mandanda

Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Diarra

Alessandrini, Barrada, Cabella

Batshuayi

A trip to Guingamp is never easy, OM have won as many games there as they have lost (3 each with 2 draws too), and Joeclyn Gourvennec will want to bring some cheer to the home faithful after a poor start to the season. After the highs of last season’s Europa League exploits, many expected Guingamp to make a positive start to this season without continental distractions, however, 3 straight losses to Nantes, Lyon and Bastia have left the club bottom of Ligue 1.

Life was always going to be difficult for Guingamp after losing last season’s top scorer, Caludio Beauvue to Lyon and as a result they’ve failed to find the back of the net so far. Their average of 4 shots on target per game, compared to OM’s 5 showing the difference a week can make to how clinical a team can appear statistically in front of goal.

Expected Guingamp line up

Lossl

Jacobsen, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Leveque

Salibur, Mathis, Sankhare, Giresse

Benezet, Briand

 

Coming off the back of such a big win, OM will have to perform well again. This will keep morale and confidence high amongst the squad ahead of tougher games (Lyon and psg in the next 5 games) and demonstrate to other teams and the press that the Troyes game was not just a flash in the pan.

 

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Marseille v ESTAC Troyes – 23/08/15

OM.net

OM.net

This weekend brings around OM’s 3rd game of the season, with their 3rd manager of the season as they still look for their first points of the campaign. New manager Michel was appointed earlier in the week and quickly took charge of training sessions, pitting the pro team against CFA squad and made it clear that he requires some investment into the squad. The week also brought about the much expected departure of the inconsistent Florian Thauvin that brought in Remy Cabella as part of the deal.

Michel brings experience having managed Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiakos and has experience in European competitions. He is expected to play a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation that the squad should be comfortable enough playing. Immediate changes Michel brought about is the first inclusion in the match day squad this season for Doria, the hot prospect, whose purchase caused so many issues between Bielsa and the board. Frank-Zmabo Aguissa also makes the squad alongside new-boy Remy Cabella. There is no Romao in the squad who is expected to depart imminently.

The full squad consists of: Pele, Madndanda, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Doria, Sparagna, Mendy, Dja Djedje, Lemina, Diarra, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, Sarr, Barrada, Frank-Zambo Aguissa, Ocampos, Batshuayi.

Off the pitch the Virage Nord closed again after incidents at the end of last season, their absence from the Velodrome today will be the last as the Yankee Nord groups return to the terraces for the next home game.

OM expected line-up:

Mandanda

Dja Djedje, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Diarra

Alessandrini, Cabella, Ocampos

Batshuayi

Troyes have picked up 2 sraws from their opening fixtures, both of which have came at home (0-0 GFC Ajaccio and 3-3 with Nice). This is their first Ligue 1 game on the road this season, and you have to go back to 2001 to find their last win at the Velodrome, having lost the last 4 and drawing once since.

In their ranks they have Fabien Camus who began his career at OM and has just joined ESTAC from Genk, new signing Chris Mavinga is suspended, but striker Brayan Perea has joined the matchday squad after his switch from Lazio.

Predicting performance and results is always difficult and with new signings coupled with a new manager who knows what will happen on Sunday evening. Let’s hope for some stability, a solid performance, and the introduction of some new signings (and old signings). I’m sure Michel has learned a great deal about his team during the week, and will learn even more tonight.

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Antalyaspor 2-5 Marseille

Antalysaspor 2v5 Marseille
(Simsek, Chico; Lemina, Alessandrini 2, Batshuayi, Sarr)
Mandanda – Sparagna, Nkoulou, Rekik – Dja Djedje, Lemina, Mendy – Barrada – Thauvin, Batshuayi, Alessandrini
Subs: Andonian, Aloe, Tuiloma, Dubois, Sane, Boutobba, Nkoudou, Pele, Sarr
Subs N/U: Escales, Romao, Ocampos

After the defeat at the hands of Fenerbahce, it was important to get the pre-season on course again to hit the Ligue 1 groiund running, and that’s exactly what OM did as they swept aside Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor.
Despite the lack of difficulty that the opposition provided it was good to see more positives from OM with Lemina, Alessandrini, Thauvin and Sparagna in particular continuing to impress ahead of the new season.
As would be expected in an OM game, Marseille kept control of the possession well, showing that Bielsa will continue with this sort of game plan next term, though it will be interesting to see if his pre-season option of a 3-3-1-3 formation (as like last pre-season) continues into Ligue 1, whereas last year this fell by the wayside relatively early on.
OM started well and found themselves 3-0 just after 30 minutes. Well worked and excellently taken goals from Lemina and Alessandrini were followed up by a good strike from Batshuayi who showed strength and determination to turn the defence and shoot.
After a wealth of changes from both sides, Antalyaspor started the second half brightly and were soon rewarded with a well struck goal from Simsek. Minutes later though Alessandrini extended the OM lead with an excellent solo effort, akin to the likes he seemed to score at Rennes.
Sarr’s goal was another well worked goal as some neat play down the left saw Mendy cut a cross back and Sarr powered home the finish.
Antalysapor reduced the arrears just before the end, but it can’t take away from an emphatic attacking performance for OM. Bielsa will be buoyed with the result and much of the performance, but thankfully the acquisition of Manquillo will hopefully help to solidify the defence, who are still allowing the opposition in behind all too often.

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Pre season stats:

Goals:
Batshuayi 3
Thauvin 2
Alessandrini 2
Ocampos 1
Boutobba 1
Lemina 1
Sarr 1

Playing time:
Mandanda – 243
Sparagna – 230
Dja Djedje – 215
Rekik – 209
Lemina – 195
Nkoulou – 180
Sarr – 180
Barrada – 180
Alessandrini – 180
Mendy – 170
Batshuayi – 167
Thauvin – 149
Aloe – 123
Ocampos – 117
Sane – 88
Nkoudou – 88
Tuiloma – 73
Boutobba – 55
Romao – 45
Andonian – 34
Pele – 27
Dubois – 22

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:

Mandanda

Roamo  Nkoulou  Morel

Imbula

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:

Hanssen

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

@Aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Guingamp v Marseille – 23/08/14 – Match Preview

Sat 23rd August 16:00

Guingamp v Marseille

Stade du Roudourou, Guingamp

 from OM.net

Marseille and Bielsa look to make it third time lucky as they search for their first Ligue 1 win of the season after picking up a draw and defeat so far. An entertaining opening day draw at Bastia was met with excitement, but the disastrous defeat by Montpellier was met with boos and whistles from the capacity Velodrome crowd last week. Bielsa made it clear that the result and performance were not acceptable and will be looking for an immediate response from his squad as they travel north to Brittany.

Bielsa is still without Mario Lemina but no one else is expected to be missing from the squad. The full 18 that have travel is made up of:

Mandanda, Samba, Abergel, Dja Djedje, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Romao, Sparagna, Alessandrini, Bangoura, Barrada, Imbula, Thauvin, Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac and Payet.

Although not obviously critical of individuals from the Montpellier defeat, it will be interesting to see who Bielsa opts for in the defensive aspects of the starting 11, with neither Nkoulou, Morel, Romao or Dja Djedje covering themselves in glory.

Bielsa will expect Imbula and Ayew/Payet to provide greater links between defence and attack in this game with hopes that Thauvin can see more of the ball too and show off his creative side more than he was able to against Montpellier. Although Gignac is expected to start, a poor first half may see him replaced by Batshuayi early into the 2nd 45.

Expected line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Romao  Nkoulou  Morel

Dja Djedje  Imbula  Mendy

Thauvin  Payet  Ayew

Gignac

 

Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Guingamp side suffered an opening day defeat at the hands of string starters Saint-Etienne, but managed to see off newly promoted Lens last week with a single late goal from Douniama. Having witnessed the OM defensive frailties last week, expect ex-NUFC man Sylvain Marveaux to try and exploit this down the Guingamp left side.

Expected Guingamp line-up:

Samassa

Jacobsen  Sorbon  Kerbrat  Baca

Beauvue  Diallo  Mathis  Marveuax

Yatabara  Schwartz

 

Once again, Marseille should have enough strength to see off Guingamp, OM also have history on their with 6 wins from the last 6 meetings between the 2 sides. However, should OM put in the same performance as last week, expect another ‘upset’ and life to become even more difficult for Bielsa.

 

Other Ligue 1 games:

Evian 0-0 psg

Reims v Caen

Nice v Bordeaux

Montpellier v Metz

Lille v Lorient

Bastia v Toulouse

Lyon v Lens

Saint-Etienne v Rennes

Nantes v Monaco

 

Allez l’OM

@Aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Evian v Marseille – 12/01/2014 – Match Preview

12/01/2014

Evian Thonon Gaillard v Olympique Marseille

Parc des Sports d’Annecy

16:00 (UK) Live on BTsports1

Marseille head back into Ligue 1 action after the winter break. The campaign under Jose Anigo has yielded only one victory so for, last week in the Coupe de France, however, there have been some glimpses of positivity and improvement from the squad. Their opponents, Evian, approach the game just 2 places and 6 points above the relegation zone, and have lost their last 3 games.

Full news is awaited on the OM squad selected for the game, however it expected that both Andre Ayew and Valbuena will not make the squad despite the later having returned to trainging recently. Steve Mandanda is expected to return in goal after missing the cup game against Reims. With Jordan Ayew currently out on loan at Sochaux, and Valbuena’s injury, it is predicted that ex-Evian attacker Saber Khalifa will start in the attacking group along with Thauvin, Payet and Gignac.

Expected line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Fanni Nkoulou Diawara Mendy

Imbula Romao

Khalifa Thauvin Payet

Gignac

 

Evian have played one more game than OM since the winter break, first facing Bastia in the Coupe de France (0-1) and then played their re-arranged ligue game against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday (0-1). This could work in their favour in terms of match practice, or they could be a little more fatigued playing 2 intense games in quick succession. OM loanee, Sougou, is not expected to start in the game, but hopefully he won’t have the traditional impact of a loaned player and score against us if he is involved!

OM will need to be wary of the skill of Wass and also his ability to bring in Berigaud and Benezet with through balls, something we have seemed particularly week in dealing with in recent games. Attacking play from Khalifa and Payet, supported by Fanni and Mendy should lead to some excellent goal-scoring opportunities for OM, they have shown strength here in recent games and is a particular weakness of Evian.

Expected Evian line up and formation:

Laquat

Djedje Mongongou Angoula Sabaly

Bi Kone

Berigaud Barbosa Benezet

Wass

 

This will be a tough game for both sides and OM will look for their first win at the Parc des Sports d’Annecy having lost and drawn their previously. It is also important to remember that despite their position in the ligue, Evian have picked up wins at home against Lyon and psg this season as well as picking up draws against Bordeaux and Monaco, so they can certainly up their game against ‘the big teams’.

 

Allez l’OM

Andrew (@aswanny84 & @MarseilleUK)