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Marseille v Lyon – ‘Olympico’ Match Preview – 20/09/15

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The ‘Olympico’, a term some love and some hate, but regardless of your thoughts about its title there’s no doubt that the competition around this game over the past few seasons has become more and more intense. With both teams pushing towards the top of Ligue 1 more recently, regardless of the ‘history’ of the game, there’s no doubt that it means a great deal to the fans and the players. With the return of Valbuena to the Velodrome this season, there’s perhaps even more at stake.

OM approach the game after back to back wins for the first time under Michel, having seen off Bastia at home 4-1 last week, OM achieved their first away win of the campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Dutch opponents Groningen in the Europa League. The win was achieved with an unexpected starting 11 that contained 6 changes to the side that turned over Bastia. In Europe, OM unusually played as more of a counter-attacking side, having less possession than their opponents for the first time since Bielsa took charge. This worked well though for OM as they created a number of chances from these breaks, and against sides like Lyon and psg this could be a successful way forward.

Michel has Diarra fit for the match, but Dja Djedje. Ocampos and Rolando are all rested. The squad could well be looking for the experience and cool headedness from Diarra that they have often lacked in the ‘big’ games of the past few seasons. Diaby is still yet to feature again as he continues his progress towards match fitness. It would be no surprise to see Michel start with the same side that beat Bastia last Sunday.

The full OM squad: Mandanda, Pele, De Ceglie, Manquillo, Mendy, Nkoulou, Rekik, Sparagna, Alessandrini, Barrada, Cabella, Diarra, Isla, Romao, Sarr, Silva, Zambo Anguissa, Batshuayi, Nkoudou.

Likely starting 11:

Mandanda

Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Diarra

Alessandrini, Silva, Barrada, Cabella

Batshuayi

Lyon come into the game on the back of 2 draws, 0-0 at home against Lille and 1-1 away in Gent (UCL). Prior to this Hubert Fournier’s side have also struggled to get going this season picking up a point Lorient, 3 away at Guingamp and Caen, whilst suffering a defeat at the hands of Rennes. Lyon will be without Fofana and Fekir, while Kone and Rafael are both doubts. Former OM hero, Valbuena, returns as the pantomime villain having returned to France after a season with Dynamo Moscow. OM had initially retired his number 28 shirt when he left, however none expected him to return to France, especially not with one of OM’s major rivals. Another former OM ‘hero’, Morel, also returns to the Velodrome although it would be fair to say his reception could be far more lenient than that of Valbuena who is views as more of a ‘traitor’ (Valbuenain). Morel was a love-hate figure at OM who grew to be liked more towards the end of his tenure at the club through his effort and endevours, though he was always susceptible to the odd howler. Valbuena and Beavue are likely to be the dangermen, but the OM defensive line can’t forget about Lacazette who will be desperate to rekindle his form from last season and get back on the good side of the OL fans.

The view of @OLnews_eng:

Saying that OL is preparing this first huge league matchup of the season with limited confidence is an understatement. Coming off a very, very disappointing result in Champions League, OL has only showed glimpses of the free-flowing possession football that made them a title contender last season. If the defence is relatively satisfying (4 clean sheets in 5 league games), new signings Rafael and Yanga Mbiwa have been mostly average in the back. They’ll both miss out the Olympico, pushing Fournier towards a tried-and-tested backline with Bedimo, Bisevac, Umtiti and Jallet. OL’s main weakness has been its midfield. Gonalons’ still far from his best level, while Tolisso and especially Ferri have struggled early after enjoying breakout seasons last year. Valbuena’s been one of the most consistent performers, but can’t do it all in midfield. OL’s costliest signing of the summer, Spanish mid Sergi Darder, could make his debut but probably isn’t ready to go a full 90 minutes. He could help a team that has struggled when facing a high pressure, like against Rennes or Gent. Up top, Lacazette’s goal drought continues and his partnership with Beauvue still doesn’t seem very natural. The former Guingamp man has shown glimpses of brilliance, with a wonderful goal against Caen and a late game-winner in Guingamp. But he has tended to disappear from games a bit too much, and it’s obvious his partners still need to understand better how he likes to receive the ball and how he times his runs.

Likely starting 11:

Lopes

Jallet, Yanga-Mbiwa, Umtit, Morel

Ferri, Gonalons, Tolisso

Valbuena

Lacazette, Beavue

At the Velodrome OM certainly have history on their side having won 20 games to Lyon’s 10, with another 15 games ending in draws. 3 of the last five games have been draws including last years 0-0 which came after emphatic wins for both Olympion’s before hand, 4-2 to OM in 2013/14 after a 4-1 reverse in 2012/13. There is a great deal riding on the outcome for  both teams to give a statement of intent which could see them get their season on track.

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@marseilleuk

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

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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:

Mandanda

Fanni Diawara Mendes Mendy

Romao Cheyrou

Payet Valbuena Thauvin

Gignac

 

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:

Subasic

Raggi Abidal Carvalho Kurzawa

Moutinho Toulalan Obbadi

Rodriguez

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

Ajaccio v Marseille – 22/11/13 – Match Preview

Ajaccio v Marseille 22/11/13

After an eventful international break for our French stars, OM will hope to bring about some cheer to the OM fans by picking up a good set of results before Christmas, beginning with the Corsican side Ajaccio.

Marseille sit in 5th after their tepid win over Sochaux before the break, while Ajaccio are 2nd bottom, manageress and have only picked up 1 point from their last 6 games. Their only win of the season did come at home though, against Lyon. They also picked up a draw against psg, which suggests they could be ‘up for the big games’.

Elie Baup is without Fanni, Andre Ayew and Abergel. The full squad is made up of Mandanda, Smaba, Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, j. Ayew, Gignac, Khalifa and Payet.

It is expected that Mendy and Gignac will start, having missed a number of games recently. Valbuena and Thauvin will aim to keep their good form going, while Payet will hope to regain his early season form.

Probable line-up and formation:

Mandanda

Abdallah Nkoulou Diawra Mendy

Imbula Romao

Payet Valbuena Thauvin

Gignac

 

Ajaccio are without Faty, Zubar, Pedretti and Mutu, and if Marseille are even half on form, they should struggle in all areas against them to be honest. With Mutu’s absence they will be relying on Oliech and Arrache up-front who only have 5 ligue starts between them. If they are to get anything out of the game they will rely heavily on Ochoa to repeat his heroics from the psg game earlier this season. Expected line-up and formation:

Ochoa

Hengbart Perozo Diena Crescenzi

Lasne Pierazzi Mostefa Andre

Oliech

Arrache

 

On paper, this should be a relatively straightforward win for Marseille, however, OM have hardly done things the easy or straightforward way this season, so it could be quite a tight game and result.

 

Allez l’OM

(@aswanny84 & @marseilleUK)

Marseille – Evian – 17/08/13 – Match Preview

17/08/13 – 16:00 (UK – Replayed 18/08/13 08:00 on BTsport 1)
Ligue 1 – Game 2
Marseille – Evian Thonon Gaillard
Stade Velodrome, Marseille

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After an incredible start to their first Ligue 1 game of the season against Guingamp, Marseille take on Evian in their first home game. With all 3 of Baup’s new signings hitting the ground running in Brittany, the coach will look to repeat last season’s early run of form and make it two wins from two. Having avoided relegation by 2 points last season, Evian will hope to secure safety a little earlier, although they have lost some of their more high-profile players and struggled to replace those. The Stade Velodrome has continued to be revamped over the summer and will have an increased capacity of around 48,000 for this game. The game is close to a sell-out and FIFA president Michel Platini also be in attendance.

Marseille

Lacking match practice, Elie Baup again indicated that it would be unlikely that Saber Klhifa would feature on Saturday, this time against his former club, instead it he may be handed his debut in week 3 against Valenciennes. Baup should have no injury concerns as it would appear that Mandanda, Valbuena, Payet, Nkoulou and Kadir all returned from their international duties unscathed.

Continuing to work on his fitness, Lucas Mendes may be deemed fit enough to start, especially given the rather shaky performance from the defensive partnership of Nkoulou and Diawara last week. There is no reason for Baup to make any other changes to the squad or formation. He should certainly encourage even more of the creativity that Valbuena and Payet showed last week, as well as some of the link up play with Gignac, and encourage APG’s shots from directly from cutting in if OM are struggling to find the ETG goal.

Full Marseille squad is: Mandanda, Samba, Diawara, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Amalfitano, Cheyrou, Imbula, Kadir, Romao, Valbuena, J. Ayew, A. Ayew, Gignac, Payet.

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Evian

Avoiding relegation again will probably be the main target for Pascal Dupraz and his side this season. Having lost Yanick Sagbo and Saber Klhifa over the summer, ETG’s main replacements are Benezet from Ligue 2’s Nimes and our very own Sougou (the latter only on loan). Sougou is not expected to play and Brice Dja Djedje is suspended, so they will primarily rely on the striking partnership of Berigaud and Barbosa.

Marseille will have to be wary of Evian’s attacking threat from set pieces, especially given their weaknesses in previous seasons along with last week’s poor 2nd half showing against Guingamp. Evian’s opening goal in last week’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux came from a deep free kick with Ehret managing to comfortably direct the ball past Pouplin.

The full Evian squad is made up of: Laquait, Hansen, Sabaly, Ehret, Wass, Angoula, Mensah, Mongongu, Cambon, Sorlin, Koné, Barbosa, Benezet, Blanc, Bertoglio, Bérigaud, Sougou, Nsikulu. Although Sougou is not expected to start there are of course worries that he may come off the bench and cause problems. After only signing in January for OM, his loan move to ETG came as a shock to most given that he impressed in his limeted opportunities last year, so Sougou certainly has a point to prove and will hope to impress infront of the OM croud and Elie Baup.

Expected line up and formation:photo

Summary
With nothing to lose from the game there is the chance that Evian could prove to be a tricky opposition on Saturday, however, the same could have been said before the Guingamp game. Marseille comfortably demonstrated their class and ability in the 1st half against Guingamp, the main difference in the second half being Marseille’s slack passing, performance and defence. If OM perform well in both halves then a home win should be on the cards.

Stats
Marseille have won their last 8 home games.
Evian have lost their last 4 away games.
In the 6 games that Klhifa did not feature in for Evian last season they didn’t win a game, losing 4 and drawing 2.
Marseille have won both games between these 2 teams at the Velodrome (2-0 and 1-0)

Other Ligue 1 games
Fri 16th
Sochaux – Lyon
Sat 17th
Toulouse – Bordeaux
Saint-Etienne – Guingamp
Reims – Lille
Nice – Rennes
Bastia – Valenciennes
Sun 18th
Monaco – Montpellier
Lorient – Nantes
psg – Ajaccio

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

Le Classique part 3 – psg v Marseille – 24/02/13 – Match Preview

psg  v OM

Sun 24/02/13 – 20:00 (UK – Live on ESPN Classic)

Parc des Princes, Paris

Ref. – Fredy Fautrel

Background –

Had this game been scheduled to take place last weekend the result may have been a forgone conclusion in most people’s eyes. Having only won one of 5 games since the winter break, Marseille’s unlikely title challenge looked to be over as they sat 8 points away from the seemingly unstoppable PSG, who had not suffered defeat since the beginning of December. But a late winner from Rod Fanni for OM and a shock defeat for PSG at the hands of relegation threatened Sochaux has seemingly seen the Ligue 1 title race thrown back open. A win for Marseille would put them within 2 points of PSG, who could be equalled on points by Lyon too. The 3rd classique of the season and perhaps the most important.

Marseille –

After struggling for consistent form since the winter break the last minute win over Valenciennes may give Marseille a much needed confidence boost ahead of Sunday’s game against psg. Lacking their usual clinical finishing, Marseille squandered a number of good chances in a game that ultimately sounded a great deal closer than it actually was. It is unlikely that psg will concede the number of chances they offered to Sochaux to another team, so Gignac and co best make sure they have packed their shooting boots for the trip to the capital.

Elie Baup is without the services of Jordan Ayew (suspension), Morgan Amalfitano (injury) and Benoit Cheyrou (thigh injury), but can welcome back Kassim Abdallah to bolster his substitution and defensive options. Other than this he has a full strength squad at his disposal. The full squad thathas travelled to Paris is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Abdallah, Diawara, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Aloe, Romao, Barton, Abdullah, Valbuena, A. Ayew, Kadir, Gignac, Sougou and Anani. Having impressed in games so far Romao and Kadir will be likely to keep their places hoping to continue to improve their understanding of each other and team mates even further.

Likely starting lineup:
OM v psg

Who are they? –

First are the thoughts of psg fan Ross Mackiewicz (Follow on twitter @RossMackiewicz) –
‘Putting the rivalry aside, this is an exciting time for both clubs as we embark on the start of a double-bill in the league and cup. It really is a treat for fans of French football in general and one they should relish. From a Parisien perspective we need to bounce back after – I would say – our worst performance of the season away to Sochaux last weekend. You could tell the midweek game in Valencia had taken its toll and we looked a shell of the team that played some exhilarating football on that night. Pressure is on us though, a win for OM will put them three points off us and that will certainly put them well and truly back in the title hunt. It is a defining one for both clubs in truth. A win for either will have implications and Lyon will be watching with interest also. I just hope the possible debut of David Beckham does not make any minds wander in the PSG dressing room and attention is solely fixated on the job in hand. Marseille will be hoping otherwise of course. May the best team win!’

Having overcome media-spun crisis after crisis this season after the odd poor result, Marseille take on psg amid full flow of the Beckham driven media circus as the ‘angel’ of English football looks set to make his psg debut at some point on Sunday. As many have eluded to, Beckham offers any club a number of things; experience, class, skill; however, it is difficult to see what he adds to the current psg first team that any other player wouldn’t offer with a little more pace and exuberance.

Confirmed absentees for Carlo Ancelotti are Thiago Motta, Thiago Silva and Mamadou Sakho. These leave psg a little short at the back with the likely centre back pairing of Armand and Alex lacking in pace.

The main danger psg still possess comes in the form of Ibra. Although it is unlikely that OM will have improved their defensive discipline in the space of a week, the quality of Ibra will not have been lost on Nkoulou and Mandanda since their encounter at the Velodrome in October. His awareness allowed him to beat Nkoulou to the ball to stab home his opening goal, and his power drove home his second direct from a free kick that (if you were harsh you would say) the wall should have blocked or Mandanda could have got a hand to. As shown a number of times though Ibra is as susceptible as our own Joey Barton to allowing the ‘red mist’ to descend. Perhaps as Ibra drops deep it may be Barton who gets close to him and works some of his ‘British charm’ on the big guy in order to try and throw him off his game. It would be a poor decision if this was the only plan that Baup had so thankfully there are a few other areas that OM can look to exploit.

As Sochaux demonstrated last week, psg are often vulnerable to counter attacks (this was how Gignac netted his first at the Velodrome). Sochaux also demonstrated psg’s defensive frailties through awareness of positions and movement. The space afforded to them in the psg box when players drifted wide and then attacked through the centre was hauntingly familiar to the way OM have been attacked in the past.

As MarseilleUK’s Steve eluded to in his statistical preview of this game for Just Football, psg have not picked up the results type of results they would like against sides currently in Ligue 1’s top 10. Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and perhaps surprisingly, Lorient have all picked up more points per game against the current top 10 than psg. This perhaps gives OM a slight edge in performance tables, however, given the home advantage and current general form it woulod be foolish to suggest that psg have anything but the upper hand.

 

Summary –

For the benefit of the Ligue I hope for what would be considered a shock Marseille win. To have potentially only 2 points separating the top 3 teams with 12 games remaining would be a fantastic advertisement for French football. This would make it more competitive than any of the other ‘top’ leagues in Europe (Points separating Top 3 teams: Germany – 16; Spain – 16; England – 16; Italy – 11).

Above all though, a competitive match would be requested. Along with the minimal points separating the top teams, we need some of the top matches to provide a ‘wow’ factor. Most of you reading this, will be reading it because of your love of French football and the Ligue in general. Like me, you will seek out match reports, read reviews and watch highlights of the dullest 0-0 draws, just because you love the ligue. Unfortunately ESPN have opted to show the Milan derby and I can understand their choice. But I would love have the satisfaction that we all watched our dodgy internet streams for a game that had more depending on it, and was more entertaining than Gladbach v Dortmund, Man City v Chelsea, Inter v AC, Barca v Sivilla and Athletico Madrid v Espanyol combined!

Predicted score: psg 1v2 Marseille (hopeful, but what the hell!)

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

psg 1.50

Draw 3.80

Marseille 7.50

Other Ligue 1 games

Nice 2-0 Reims

Rennes 2v2 Sochaux

Ajaccio 1v3 Lille

Evian 0v1 Montpellier

Nancy 0v3 Saint-Etienne

Valenciennes 0v0 Toulouse

Lyon v Lorient

Bordeaux v Brest

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

Ajaccio v Marseille – Match Preview

Sun 4/11/12 – 13:00 (uk)

Stade Francois Coty, Ajaccio

Ref. – Alexandre Castro

Background –

As Marseille were given an impromptu weeks rest after extreme weather on the south-coast resulted in their ’Olympico’ game against Lyon being postponed, this weekend’s opponents, AC Ajaccio, will feel that they are in need of a week’s break after their exhilarating 4-4 draw away with Lorient. After OM’s recent dip in form, and Ajaccio’s indifferent start to the season, both teams will view this as a chance to get their season back on track.

Marseille –

Fresh on the disappointment of knowing they will not be crowned Coupe de la Ligue champions for a fourth successive season, OM will also be disappointed with the absence of Rod Fanni from this game after his mid-week sending off and Jordan Ayew’s absence against Bordeaux after picking up another booking. Some slightly positive news is that Diawara is seen as being fit again and has travelled to Corsica with the squad (although it remains to be seen if that would have been the case if Fanni had not been suspended). The full 18-man squad was is as follows: Mandanda, BracigliaNO, Abdallah, Nkoulou, Morel, Mendes, Diawara, Cheyrou, A. Ayew, Abdullah, Amalfitano, Mbow, Kabore, Valbuena, J. Ayew, Remy, Omrani, Raspentino.

Elie Baup will be unlikely to risk Diawara immediately and will start with a back four of Abdallah, Nkoulou, Mendes and Morel, much of whom have played together at some point already this season and will be seen as match fit. Getting the ball to Valbuena is a nescessity, being that he has often been the sole attacking threat in recent weeks with Amalfitano and Ayew performing below their best. Crosses and set-pieces will also give OM a good scoring chance, since they have now not scored for 3 games, as Remy has shown time and time again that he is good in the air.

Likely starting line-up and formation:

 

Who are they? –

Having safely avoided relegation in their first season back in Ligue 1, Ajaccio have struggled to get going this time out. Their decent home record last season, only defeated 5 times, has continued as they remain unbeaten at home and have picked up 2 of their 3 wins up their against Evian and Brest, while they also picked up respectable draws against psg and Bastia in the Corsican derby.

With the absence of Cavalli, surprisingly through a red card, Ajaccio will look to Ricardo Faty to help control their midfield. The 26 year old has made an impressive start to the season for Alex Dupont’s side. His defensive contribution has seen the Corsican outfit concede just over a goal per game on average. Faty’s presence in the centre of midfield will be another reason for OM to utilise the strengths of Amalfitano and Ayew down the wings, and will probably result in Valbuena picking up the ball off-centre. With Faty’s height, it will also be important to avaoid high balls into this central area and the defence must be very wary of him when defending set-pieces and corners.

Summary –

Despite sitting in 14th, 9 points behind Marseille, this will be a difficult game for Marseille. Marseille have lost on all of their last 3 visits to the Stade Francois Coty with an aggregate score that reads ACA 6-1 OM! At this stage of the season a win is probably more beneficial for OM, especially with psgs’s defeat at the hands of Saint-Etienne meaning that an OM win would put them joint-top with the Parisian’s with a game in hand. Success in this game may depend on which Amalfitano and Ayew turn up. If the early season Amalfitano is present he could have a field day against Bouhours, who is likely to give away fouls and potential free-kicks in prime positions. Equally on the OM left, Ayew should find some joy against Fouseni Diawara, providing he is given the ball and looks to attack when in position.

Predicted score: Ajaccio 1v2 Marseille  

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Ajaccio 3.60

Draw 3.20

Marseille 2.10

 

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

 

Other Ligue 1 Fixtures:

Brest 2v0 Lorient

Psg 1v2 Saint-Etienne

Rennes 1v0 Reims

Valenciennes 3v1 Sochaux

Nice 2v1 Nancy

Troyes 1v1 Montpellier

Evian 0-2 Lille

Lyon v Bastia

Bordeaux v Toulouse

Eurpoa League 2nd Leg Preview: Marseille (1-1) Eskisehirspor

Marseille will play their 2nd competitive game of the season this Thursday against Eskisehirpor of Turkey, and hold a slight advantage over their rivals with the score currently at 1-1.

The game will be played at an adopted home ground of, Fos sur Mer, Parsemain, due to the ongoing renovation of the Stade Velodrome. As a result, it is difficult to suggest that OM will really have the home advantage, as both teams will be playing in relatively unfamiliar territory.

During the first leg, there were no major surprises. Both teams faught hard, there were some rather rash challenges, there was some sloppy passing and rusty defending, but on the whole OM can be pretty pleased with the overall performance.

In order to succeed in this game Marseille will need to use their width more creatively, utilising the strength, creativity and experience of Amalfitano and Andre Ayew. The attacking players for OM, still lacked a bit fluidity in the first leg, with an over-enthusiastic Andre-Pierre Gignac often being dragged out of position, such was his passion to get onto the ball.

As well as being more astute with their attacks, Marseille must be more careful with their defending. Too often in the first leg they gave away set-plays in dangerous areas. It is only a matter of time before Eskisehirspor score a legitimate goal from such an occasion (as they had a goal disallowed in the 1st leg for off-side).

 Predicted score: Marseille 2-1 Eskisehirspor

 

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & Andrew_Js3)