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Rennes and Napoli Reports

02/11/13 – Rennes 1-1 Marseille

The main positive that could be said about this game was, at least we stopped the rot, and avoided another defeat.

After another poor to a game, Marseille were lucky to be only 0-1 down within 10 minutes. Defensive blunders aplenty gave Rennes 3 good chances, but it was Oliver’s second chance that opened the scoring. A Morel mistake (huge surprise there) gifted Olivier the ball on the edge of the area and he let rip with a shot that left Mandanda with little chance of saving it.

This at least seemed to spur OM on, who seemed to wake up. On 14 minutes after Valbuena and Thauvin had already combined to warm Cotsil’s hands, Jordan Ayew managed to grab a goal. It came on the back of some good work from Romao who played in Abdallah whose accurate cross found jAyew who slotted home into an almost empty goal.

As much as OM dominated parts of the game, Rennes always looked incredibly dangerous on the counter with Kadir, Pitroipa and Alessandrini combining well often.

The second half brought much of the same with Thauvin and Valbuena looking the most lively of the OM players, but it looked to have been in vain when OM loan man Kadir was fouled in the box and Rennes awarded a penalty. Thankfully, Mandanda made up for some of his recent shaky performances with a fine save.

The game was possibly still there for the taking but some negative changes from Baup, would suggest that he was more than happy to hang on to a point.


06/11/13 Napoli 3-2 Marseille

With little more than pride to play for, along with an outside chance of finishing 3rd and a Europa League spot, Marseille started the game well. Seemingly away from the pressures of their own fans or just being out of the country, or perhaps they found a little bit of determination and desire, they passed well and found space and put the home side under pressure early on.

This start got even better when Andre Ayew opened the scoring on 10 minutes after he headed in an excellent corner from Thauvin.

Unfortunately that’s where most of the positives ended. OM defence capitulated in their usual spectacular fashion gifting first Inler and the Higuain perfect opportunities that they converted spectacularly and easily.

This was all within 25 minutes and it looked like it could be another of those nights where we were embarrassed on a global stage, out of Europe without so much of a whimper.

Somehow though we held on. Thauvin in particular had the kind of game that he is capable of, while Valbuena continued with his ever impressive consistently good form. Thauvin’s hard work and endeavour looked to have paid off for OM as he netted in the 65th minute.

Unfortunately, as good as we were in attack, we were equally, if not worse in defence. This allowed Huguain to net his second with 15 minutes left to play as he netted in acres of space.

It is desperately disappointing that after missing out on Champion’s League football last season we have 0 points from 4 games this time out. With our remaining games against Dortmund and Arsenal our best hope is to at least have some more positive performances and finish with some points! Lets enjoy those last few games as fans because who knows when we’ll be back in the Champion’s League at this rate!

Allez l’OM

(@aswanny84 & @marseilleUK)


Rennes v Marseille – Match Preview 26/1/13

Rennes v Marseille

Sat 26/01/13 – 16:00 (UK)

Stade de la Route de Lorient, Rennes

Ref – Tony Chapron


With a gas leak in Rouen postponing Marseille’s Coupe de France game mid-week, OM will have had slightly longer than planned to prepare for a tough trip to 5th placed Rennes. Unfortunately the squad had already travelled to Rouen, so may not be as fresh as they could have been. Rennes have had a week to recover from their 2-0 ligue win over Bastia, as they were eliminated from the Coupe de France by RC Lens in the round of 64.


Marseille are without the services of Kabore and Kadir, who are both involved with the African Cup of Nations. Modou Sougou, midweek signing from CFR Cluj, took part in training with the squad this week and is expected to play some part in the game.

As much as the pointless trip to Rouen was mid-week, it means that the last game OM played in was their 3-2 win over Montpellier, where Gignac netted a late winner. This poor performance that still resulted in a victory is sometimes what teams need to keep their form going.

The 18 man team is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Diawara, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Abdullah, Aloe, Abdullah, Barton, Cheyrou, Valbuena, Amalfitano, A. Ayew, J. Ayew, Gignac, Sougou.

Rennes have often shown that they are weak in defending attacks from wide areas. The prevalence of Andre Ayew and Valbuena in the Montpellier match should ensure they see more success against Danze and Mavinga.

Barton may have to drop deep to support either ex-Rennes man Fanni, or Morel against the emphatic Alessandrini, who can dribble, pass and shoot, particulalrly when cutting in from the left. If Barton supports in the manner that he shown in the past, he will act as an extra body to push Alessandrini wide, and eliminate the risk of the shot from distance.  

Likely starting line-up: 4-2-3-1; Mandanda – Fanni, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel – Barton, Cheyrou – J. Ayew, Valbuena, A. Ayew – Gignac


Who Are They?

Rennes currently occupy 5th place in the ligue table, after finishing a respectable 6th at the end of the last campaign. After a poor start to the season, losing to Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Lorient, Rennes sat 18th after week 6. Since then, however, Rennes have stormed up the ligue table only failing to win 4 times from 15 games, against ASSE, Evian, Nice and Bordeaux.

Rennes have a wealth of talent at their disposal, despite the departure of the enigmatic Yann M’vila to Rubin Kazan this week. Frederic Antonetti’s main threats will undoubtedly come from the experienced Julien Feret, and the exciting talent of Romain Alessandrini. Feret is good in the air and will be likely to trouble OM’s nervous defence during set-peieces, if he is not taking them himself. He has already weighed in with 6 goals and 2 assists this season. Alessandrini has the same stats with 6 goals and 2 assists, with the only difference being that most of Alessandrini’s goals have been goal of the season contenders.

Just as Marseille can do with their 3 supporting attackers, Diallo, Feret and Alessandini can all change position throughout the game, posing a constant fresh threat to the whole of the defensive line.


Last season Marseille benefited from an own goal, from Onykachi Apam, to help them to a 2-1 victory and they may need more of the same luck this season, because this will definitely be a tough game. Both teams pose similar attacking threats, and have the same ligue record in the last 4 games, WWLW. Rennes sit 12th in the home form tables whereas Marseille are joint top in away results, so the game looks as if it will be a tight affair, with a couple of goals to be expected. An individual error or moment of magic could well be the deciding factor in this game.


Predicted result: Rennes 1-2 Marseille


Selected odds (from Bet365.com, correct at time of publication):

Rennes: 2.75

Draw: 3.00

Marseille: 2.75


Weekend’s other Ligue 1 fixtures:

Valenciennes 0-2 Lyon

Evian v Ajaccio

Montpellier v Sochaux

Nancy v Lorient

Reims v Toulouse

Troyes v Brest

Saint-Etienne v Bastia

Nice v Bordeaux

psg v Lille


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK)

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

Marseille 3-1 Rennes – 100% record maintained!

Marseille maintained their 100% winning start this season thanks to a 3-1 victory at home to Rennes. A dominant 1st half performance was followed by a Rennes fightback after the break, but a superb Andre Pierre Gignac goal in the 84th minute proved to be the difference between the two teams. Overall, it was a deserved win for OM who continue their remarkable progress under new coach Elie Baup. Everyone can head into the international break feeling happy and with the knowledge that this is Marseille’s best start to a ligue campaign for nearly 80 years!

The main selection dilemma for Baup was whether or not to include Loic Remy in the starting XI. But because of his lack of match fitness, in addition to possible issues in the head following transfers talks, it was decided he’d be benched. New signing from Sedan, Kassim Abdallah made his debut for the club just a couple of days after officially joining. He slotted in at RDEF whilst Kabore switched to his favoured DMID role. Benched on Thursday night against Sheriff, both Valbuena and Gignac returned to the XI.

1st half dominance

It was a very dominant first half performance by OM. In many ways it was similar to the Sochaux display a couple of weeks ago, but this time Les Phoceens had a goal to show for their efforts. In just the 2nd minute, in-form striker Gignac fired a difficult volley just over the bar, it would’ve been a terrific technical goal had he managed to keep the effort down. In the 15th minute, Valbuena found himself all alone inside the area although had to stretch a bit. Benoit Costil made a superb save, it was a genuine world class stop to tip the ball over the bar. The pressure was being continually applied by OM and Rod Fanni missed a massive opportunity when he headed over when he was all alone just a few yard out.

The opener came in the 35th minute. Gignac crossed the ball dangerously across the face of goal, everyone missed it and Morel slid the ball home at the back post. It was not the easiest of chances and the left back did well to convert from where he was. The remainder of the 1st half passed by without major incident. Rennes had offered absolutely nothing and looked like a very poor team, certainly in the attacking department. The OM defence had hardly broken sweat, but Frederic Antonetti’s men are always a strange Jekyll and Hyde team who have the capabilities of turning around their performance, so OM had to remain vigilant.

Rennes fightback

The first chance after the break fell to Amalfitano who should have done better from close range but his shot hit a defender. Rennes responded well though following a probable half time roasting by Antonetti. Feret had a good chance to equalise and an effort flashed just wide of the post. Eventually they were to find a levelling goal, and it was an excellent strike that got them back into the match. Feret was the danger man and he smashed home a volley from an acute angle into the top corner of the net. Steve Mandanda was left surprised by the effort and left him little time to react. Credit where credit is due, this was a terrific goal.

What followed was a 20 minute period where there was a lull in proceedings. With the exception of a Gignac turn and shot wide, not much happened at either end. Rennes were back into the match and the game seemed to be in an equilibrium state. But I think everyone knew that OM would end strongly and apply pressure to their opponents. Loic Remy came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and despite perhaps not having a good game by his standard, his influence on the field cant be underestimated.

Gignac special moment

His sheer presence gave Rennes something else to think about and OM dominated proceedings in the last 15 mins. But with time running out it looked like the hosts would perhaps have to settle for a draw and end their dream of winning 4 straight consecutive matches at the start of a campaign. A long ball was played forward, Remy tussled with the defence to force a poor clearance. Gignac took over and hit a gloriously sweet half volley over Costil and into the top right corner of the net. It was a truly special goal and sent the Velodrome into raptures.

OM should have made sure of the victory through Loic Remy, but he wasted two huge chances. This was a bit of a concern, however it must be said that he didn’t look that sharp or properly match fit, and he needs more time to regain his full potential. There was one moment of alarm when Steve Mandanda had to come out of his goal to clear, inviting a long range ambitious attempt from Rennes. But Rod Fanni made sure that any danger was thwarted by heading away close to goal. Before the final whistle was blown OM did add a 3rd right at the death thanks to a Romain Danze own goal. Rennes couldn’t really argue much about losing 3-1, it was a fair and accurate reflection of the match.

Overall, it was another excellent display by Elie Baup’s men. This team really is playing for each other and there is a fantastic spirit and camaraderie within the camp. You can clearly see that everyone is enjoying their football, and so they should be when results like these are occurring. The match will be remembered for Gignac’s wonder-strike though and the ex Toulouse man continues to be in top form. Thanks to him, OM lead the way at the top of Ligue 1 and sit proudly on 12 points.

These are very happy days for Le Phocéen, so lets enjoy the situation!

Player ratings :-

Mandanda 5/10

Abdallah 5/10
N’Koulou 6/10
Fanni 7/10
Morel 7/10

Kabore 7/10
Cheyrou 5/10
Valbuena 6/10

Amalfitano 5/10
Gignac 9/10
A Ayew 5/10


Abdullah 5/10
Remy 4/10
Jordan Ayew N/A

Referee (Olivier Thual) 8/10

Official OMarseilleUK Man of the match :-Gignac

Yet again he picks up a MOM accolade. This was a pretty obvious selection. He played excellently again and a performance topped off by scoring a match winning wonderstrike.

Goals & Highlights

Other Ligue 1 Results

Lyon 3-2 Valenciennes

Bastia 0-3 Saint-Etienne

Brest 2-1 Troyes

Toulouse 1-1 Reims

Ajaccio 2-0 Evian

Lorient 3-0 Nancy

Sochaux 1-3 Montpellier

Bordeaux 1-1 Nice

Lille 1-2 PSG

Marseille v Rennes Preview

02/09/12 – 16:00 (UK)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Ref. – Olivier Thual

Background –

Marseille will look to maintain their 100% start to the Ligue 1 season against a Rennes team suffering from their worst start to a season in 6 years. Rennes have only picked up 3 points from their opening 3 games, coming from a 3-2 win over newly promoted Bastia last week. Their other two results were both 1-0 defeats at the hands of Lyon and Bordeaux, so perhaps it would be best not to write of Rennes just yet. Marseille take to the game after an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Moldovan side FC Sheriff in the Europa League qualifiers. Despite the poor performance, OM did have a number of players missing, and the squad will be likely to be on a high since they qualified for the Europa League group stages.


Marseille –

Having lost Cesar Azpilicueta and Stephane Mbia, Marseille’s defensive line has certainly taken a hit during the transfer window. Bringing in Kassim Abdallah from Sedan and Brazilian Lucas Mendes, may be sensible financially and when building for the future, however it remains to be seen how much it helps this season. Mendes will not feature this weekend, nor is new signing Joey Barton, however Abdallah may be handed his debut in order to allow Fanni to partner Nkoulou in the centre of defence. There were also doubts over Andre-Pierre Gignac who picked up a knock midweek, and Rod Fanni who missed the game midweek through injury, however both have been deemed fit enough to be included in the match-day squad.

The squad for the game consists of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Abdallah, Fanni, Nkoulou, Morel, Mbow, Mango, Cheyrou, Kabore, Abdullah, Amalfitano, Raspentino, Valbuena, A. Ayew, Gignac, Remy and J. Ayew.

With the inclusion of Abdallah in the starting 11, Rennes may target this right flank as a weak spot. Rennes youngster Alessandrini, in particular,  may focus on attacking this side and getting around Abdallah instead of cutting in where he would face Fanni or Nkoulou. It will therefore be important that those centre backs and Amalfitano support the debutant. Gignac will be likely to keep his starting place in Baup’s preferred 4-2-3-1, although if he has any problems with the knock picked up against FC Sheriff, expect him to be replaced quickly by Loic Remy.

Possible starting line-up:

Who are they? –

Frederic Antonetti had been linked with the vacant OM managers role before Elie Baup took over from the departed Didier Deschamps, and on Sunday he brings his Rennes team to a ground he could have called home. Rennes have managed to keep their key-players this transfer window, with midfielder Yann M’Villa particularly, gaining a great deal of interest from the UK. Antonetti will want to see another improvement from his team as they look to improve on last season’s 6th placed finish, coming agonisingly close to making it into the Europa League at the expense of Bordeaux.

Yann M’Villa is probably Rennes strongest player and was rightly touted by a number of high profile clubs this summer. The midfielder provides Rennes with and excellent central midfield, where he can control the game well. With M’Villa’s tackling and positional sense, along with his distribution, Marseille may want to make more of an effort to play down the wings than they did against Montpellier.

Once again, Marseille’s defensive midfielders should look to break up Rennes play, and push the ball wide. This is something that was mentioned in the Montpellier preview and Marseille managed this extremely effectively. Rennes have managed very few shots on goal this season, only 7 in their 3-2 win last week, and therefore not allowing them shooting opportunities is likely to stop Renes from picking up what would be a shock away win.

Rennes have looked suspect from set-piece situations, and although this isn’t typically a string point for Marseille, Gignac amongst others have shown that they can score this way.


Summary –

With both teams desperate for a win, for very different reasons, the game is likely to be a close, cagey affair. The game is likely to be won in the midfield area with the battle between M’Villa, Pajot and the Marseille attackers becoming the main influential factor. At home, and with the current attacking strength that Marseille possess Marseille should have the strength to pull through and claim a fourth straight victory before the international break.

Predicted score: Marseille 2-1 Rennes

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Marseille 1.91

Draw 3.25

Rennes 4.20

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

Weekend’s other games


Lyon 3–2 Valenciennes

Bastia 0–3 Saint-Etienne

Brest 2–1 Troyes

Toulouse 1–1 Reims

Lorient 3–0 Nancy

Sochaux 1–3 Montpellier


Bordeaux – Nice

Lille – PSG

Stade Rennes 1-2 Marseille – Match Report

Marseille produced a Jekyll and Hyde performance to beat Rennes 2-1 on Sunday evening. OM were pretty much outplayed throughout most of the first half, but managed a freak equaliser right on the stroke of the interval. Previously, they had fallen behind to an early Doumbia goal. After the break though, Didier Deschamps’ men proved themselves and were much better than their opponents, eventually sealing success thanks to a Cheyrou strike. Continue reading