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Marseille 1v0 Brest – Marseille hold firm to go 2nd

Marseille 1v0 Brest
Stade Velodrome, Marseille – Att. 33,316


Team: Mandanda – Fanni, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel – Cheyrou 1 (’88 Barton), Romao – J. Ayew, Valbuena (’90 Kadir), A. Ayew – Gignac (’83 Sougou)

Marseille managed to keep a clean sheet for the 6th game in a row, won 1-0 for the 10th time this season and stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games to ensure they finish the weekend in 2nd place. A lone Cheyrou goal made sure that Marseille are in the driving seat for Champions League football next season as they head into the last 5 games of the season.

As expected Brest started the game well, keeping possession of the ball and restricting Marseille’s forward play. After 10 minutes though OM began to press a great deal harder, particularly in the final 3rd, putting the Brest defenders under pressure, encouraging mistakes and winning a few corners and free kicks. Marseille were still not threatening the Brest goal too often, Andre Ayew coming closest with a couple of headers.
As we have come to expect, OM hardly set the world alight with much of their play for the rest of the first half. Mendy managed well in the Brest defence, though they struggled to play in Benschop, Raspentino’s long ball rarely finding the lone striker.
A positive moment from Romao changed the outlook for OM though, as he ventured forward for possibly the first time. After taking the ball round 3 Brest players he was eventually felled by Coulibaly. Contact was minimal between the players, but Romao ensured referee Benoit Bastien gave a free kick. After booking Coulibaly, the referee allowed Cheyrou to take the kick from 25 yards. He lifted the ball past the 4 man wall and it beat Thebaux via the near post.
Just as in the first half, Brest started the better side. Within minutes Benschop had tested Mandanda from distance. Having coped with the initial attack from Brest, Marseille once again found their footing. Andre Ayew created a few chances, Valbuena also. Jordan Ayew continued with his inconsistent form with some good chances, including a late deflected shot coupled with a header on goal that almost hit the corner flag.
On 70 minutes Marseille had the ball in the goal again, Valbuena’s delivery from a free kick was met with the head of Lucas Mendes who thought he had grabbed his first goal, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
With some Brest substitutions, OM loan man Rapentino was brought into a central position where he began to create problems. He continued to show good ball control and vision, though he was often let down by his team mates.
For the final 10 minutes Brest pushed for an equaliser, and OM sat deeper and deeper. Although this meant that OM had little to offer going forward, it helped to protect Mandanda who only had a few shots to deal with as SB29 failed to create many clear cut chances.
As the full time whistle blew, the relief was clear for all to see. Another clinical and perhaps ugly 1-0 win, but given the pressure that that late Lyon win had put on Marseille, we have to be happy to finish the weekend in 2nd.

Man of the match – Benoit Cheyrou.
Cheyrou has continued to show his quality since returning from injury and the first half today was no different. An industrious performance that culminated with an excellent goal. Although he tired into the 2nd half before his substitution, his contribution to the team cannot be ignored.
Special mentioned for a solid Lucas Mendes and Steve Mandanda.

Elie Baup: ‘This is not the first 1-0 and I don’t think it will be our last. We struggled in the game, but as we won 1-0, it’s still good. We have made progress, compared to the beginning of the season, we are better in these situations’. (OM.net)

Goals & Highlights

Weekend Fixtures:
Montpellier 1v2 Lyon
Bastia 1v2 Lille
Reims 0v1 Valenciennes
Toulouse 0v1 Lorient
Nancy 3v1 Evian
Sochaux 2v2 Bordeaux
psg v Nice
Coupe de la Ligue: Saint-Etienne 1v0 Rennes

Allez l’OM
Swanny (Andrew_js3 & @MarseilleUK)


Marseille v Brest – 20/04/13 – Match Preview

20/4/13 –16:00 (UK)
Marseille v Brest
Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Ref. – Benoit Bastien

Marseille will keep up their hopes up of Champions League football as they face relegation threatened Stade Brestois at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday afternoon. Recent wins over Nice and Bordeaux coupled with difficult away draws with Lyon and Lille have put OM in a good position to finish 2nd ahead of Lyon. Brest on the other hand are looking to avoid a 6th successive defeat, during which they have conceded 2 or more goals 4 times, twice suffering 0-4 losses.

Olympique de Marseille

With Lyon’s last gasp winner against Montpellier on Friday evening, Marseille need a win to finish the weekend in 2nd place and keep a little pressure on psg. Elie Baup has no new injury concerns after last weeks return of Mathieu Valbuena.
The full Marseille squad for the game is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Diawra, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Abdallah, Cheyrou, Romao, Barton, Amalfitano, Valbuena, A. Ayew, Kadir, Sougou, J. Ayew and Gignac.
The efficiency of OM recently has seen them continue with positive results despite only registering 2 goals in the last 5 games. This consistency of results has been helped with solid defensive displays despite numerous questions over the ability and form of Mandanda, Nkoulou, Mendes and Morel all season.
A big win would help improve the confidence further as we reach the final 5 games, and really would help with the push for Champions League football next season.
Likely starting line up and formation:

Fanni Nkoulou Mendes Morel
Cheyrou Romao
Sougou Valbuena A. Ayew

Stade Brestois 29

Brest’s poor form since the winter break has seen them slide from 13th to 19th, they have spent the last 3 weeks in the relegation zone. With only 2 wins and 2 draws since the winter break, and with games against Sochaux, psg and Nancy coming up, Landry Chauvin really needs his team to start putting some results together.
Marseille will need to be wary of the long ball from Brest as they look to play in Benschop with attacking support from Touré and Raspentino.
Despite their form, Brest’s last 3 wins have all come away from home, against Sochaux, Evian and Bordeuax. They have a tendency to start and end games well scoring 7 (24%) of their goals in the first 15 minutes and 18 (62%) of their goals in the final 30 minutes!
The player to watch for Brest will surely be Florian Raspentino. Having signed in the summer for Marseille and after barely being given a chance, Raspentino was shipped out on loan to Brest. Since then he has started 12 games for them and netted 3 times, showing promising pace, skills and shooting accuracy as well as an astute positioning sense. It goes without saying that he would probably enjoy showing Elie Baup and the Velodrome faithful what they have been missing this season.
Brest likely starting line-up and formation:

Traoré Martial Kantari Mendy
Auras Sissoko
Touré Grougi Raspentino

At the Stade Velodrome, Brest have never registered a win, Marseille registering 7 against 2 draws. Last seasons 1-1 draw came amid OM’s terrible start to the season and Mandanda gifted Brest the lead within the first 5 minutes. Andre Ayew rescued OM on that day and hopefully both of those players will be back at their best today.
Predicted score: Marseille 2-0 Brest

Selected odds (Bet365 correct at time of publication)
Marseille: 1.36
Draw: 4.50
Brest: 9.00

Weekend Fixtures:
Montpellier 1v2 Lyon
Bastia v Lille
Reims v Valenciennes
Toulouse v Lorient
Nancy v Evian
Sochaux v Bordeaux
psg v Nice
Coupe de la Ligue: Saint-Etienne v Rennes

Allez l’OM
Swanny (@Andrew_js3 & @MarseilleUK)

Stade Brest 1-2 Marseille – Match Report

Barton Brilliance Brings A Close To Brest Curse

Barton v Brest

Joey Barton assisted 2 goals to help Marseille on their way to their first ever victory in Brest. Only days after a humiliating performance and result against Lyon, OM overcame history and form to take all 3 points back to the south coast from Brittany.

Early in the game it looked as though Marseille had decided to play in the same manner they did in the Olympico. Brest applied a great deal of the pressure in the opening 10 minutes, with 1st of all Barton giving away a cheap foul and then Nkoulou, who was booked, giving away a set-piece near Mandanda’s goal as OM tried to get a grip on the game.

Inside the rest of the opening 30 minutes, Marseille gradually improved. Amalfitano went close frist with a header, before Andre Ayew finished a neat one-two with his brother by curling a shot narrowly wide of Thebaux’s upright.

On 33 minutes a moment of genius saw Brest concede only their 4th goal at home this season. Barton found himself in space down in the left, cut a neat ball back to Diawara who thundered a shot home from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Very little changed in the rest of the first half, OM continued to dominate, and Thebeaux did his best to re-enact Elana’s heroics from the fixture last season. But, 5 minutes before half-time Marseille managed to concede from Brest’s first real attack on goal, from a set-piece, again! From a Brest corner, the original strike on goal was cleared on the line before Benschop headed home in front of the Brest ultras. To go in drawing at half-time was very unfair on OM, who had eradicated any fear of performing as weakly they did earlier this week.

As the second half began, Brest looked to push on a get a winner, with Licka and Benschop again going close. However, 10 minutes in, OM gained the upper hand again. Again the goal came from some neat OM interplay and again it was Barton who provided the assist. After winning the ball, Barton played a neat one-two with Valbuena, and from almost the same position he found himself in for OM’s first goal, he crossed for Andre Ayew to net past Thebaux. Remember, Brest had only conceded 3 goals in 8 games at home before this. Dede searching immediately to celebrate with his provider Barton was a particularly poignant moment and demonstrated just what sort of impact personally and professionally Barton has had on his fellow Olympians.

The remainder of the second half was fairly entertaining, from a neutrals point of view, with both teams looking for another goal, OM to kill off the game and Brest to preserve their home record. Brest looked particularly dangerous in the minutes up to, and including, time added on, and OM can thank Mandanda for some fine saves, and the referee for waving away a penalty appeal by Chafni (how’s that for a paradox of last year’s game?!)

Not only was this win important for team morale, after the Olympico, it also puts to rest one of Marseille’s ‘hoodoo’ grounds, shame we have to wait until next season to try again at Bordeaux. The negatives in the team and individual performances from Wedenesday were put to rest, with Diawara grabbing a goal and Barton dominant defensively and outstanding offensively.

MarseilleUK Man of the Match: Joey Barton. 2 fantastic Ligue 1 performances out of 3 now for the Englishman, but his contribution in everything Marseille did today couldn’t be rivalled by any Olympian on the pitch. His vision for finsing space for himself and for team mates, was perfectly demonstrated in the 2 goals Marseille scored today. Make no mistake, if Barton didn’t play today, Marseille would not have won.

Full report and links to goals and highlights to follow.

Allez l’OM,

Swanny (@MarseilleUK @Andrew_Js3)

Stade Brest v Marseille – Match Preview

Brest v Marseille Preview

Sun 2/12/12 – 13:00 (UK) – Delayed on ESPN 22:45

Stade Francis-Le Ble

Ref. – Fredy Fautrel

Background –

In just over a week Marseille have experienced more highs and lows than an OM fan would expect. The disappointment of not qualifying for the Europa League group stages, followed by the home win over Lille, followed by that result against Lyon in the Olympico. A win on Sunday against Stade Brest, would go some-way to making up for those down points as it would take OM back to 2nd in the Ligue. Their opponents will be looking to pick up their 3rd win in5 matches and pull further away from the relegation zone and at the very least ensure their Ligue 1 safety for another season, whilst maintaining their excellent home record against OM, as they have never lost at home to them.

Marseille –

Marseille will need to regain the type of form that they were in as they defeated Ajaccio, 2-0, in early November. Ahead of that game Marseille had not won in 3 games and had a miserable record in Corsica. During that game, Marseille took the game to Ajaccio. They played in a disciplined manner, and had an excellent team ethic, as they fought for each other. All of these credentials and more, if they are to come back from Brittany with all 3 points, something no Marseille team has ever managed to do.

Other than the automatic suspension of Rod Fanni, through his red card against Lyon, there are no other expected absentees. Morgan Amalfitano will be back in Elie Baup’s plans, having served his 2 match ban for his altercation with Blaise Matuidi. The 18 man squad that travelled to Brest is: Mandanda, Fabri, Abdallah, Diawara, Nkoulou, Morel, Mendes, Mbow, Kabore, Cheyrou, Barton, Valbuena, Raspentino, A. Ayew, Abdullah, Amalfitano, Remy, J. Ayew.

After their performances against Lyon mid-week, Diawara and Kabore in particular may be lucky to keep their starting places. Baup may feel that their performances have already been dealt with in house, and no more needs to be made of it, or he may decide that the availability of Mendes and Amalfitano means that he can shift some positions around and play to his teams’ strengths. It must be said that as effective as he was against Lille, Barton was very quiet against Lyon as a right sided midfielder, so he could drop into the centre of a 3 man midfield, with Amalfitano and Cheyrou flanking him. This would give an exceptional link between defence and attack, allowing OM to push forwards with 5 very attacking players. When defending, OM can immediately revert to a 4-2-3-1 if needed, whereby, Cheyrou and Barton drop deep, Valbuena and Ayew join Amalfitano as the ‘3’ and J. Ayew stays up-field. The flexibility of the squad should not be overlooked.

Likely starting line-up and formation:

 SB29 v OM Formation

Who are they? –

Finishing a meagre 3 points safe from relegation last season, Stade Brest have began this Ligue 1 campaign with a little more consistency. They remain unbeaten at home this campaign sitting joint 3rd in the home form guide, they finished 13th overall in the home form last season. Immediately it is obvious how difficult a game this will be for OM is, without factoring in their abysmal record at the Stade Francis-Le Ble.

Laundry Chauvin welcomes Mario Licka back into his team, but will be without the suspended Eden Ben-Basat who is suspended.

One of the reasons for Brest’s excellent home record this season has been their defensive reliability, only conceding a goal every 240 minutes on average. Part of this can be attributed to star defender Paul Baysse. His excellent no-nonesense approach has seen him save Brest on countless occasions this season. His strength in the air, may give the edge to Jordan Ayew in selection terms, giving OM, the opportunity to play the ball on the ground instead. Baysse will also be a man to watch during set plays, it is worth noting that he already has 2 goals to him name this season.  

The lack of Ben-Basat will make life more difficult for Brest, but should they get a goal from a set piece, or any other means for that matter, then they are likely to be even more resilient defensively protecting that lead.

Summary –

Last season, Marseille felt that they were hard done to, an early penalty and red-card decision wasn’t given, and as well as the referee to defeat they also had Steeve Elana in the opposition goal who simply refused to be beaten. This time there will be a different referee and different goalkeeper, although if OM play anywhere near as poorly as they did on Wednesday, it is difficult to see a different outcome. With Mendes, Amalfitano and Barton in the squad the team should have enough fight and spirit in them, and there is definitely enough strength in attacking positions to ensure that they trouble Thebaux in the Brest goal.

Predicted score: Brest 1-2 Marseille


Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Brest 3.40

Draw 3.10

Marseille 2.25


Other Ligue 1 games:

Ajaccio 0-0 Saint-Etienne

Lyon 1-0 Montpellier

Nice 2-1 psg

Valenciennes1-0 Reims

Lille 0-0 Bastia

Evian 1-1 Nancy

Bordeaux 2-2 Sochaux

Troyes v Rennes

Lorient v Toulous


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

Stade Brestois 29 v Olympique de Marseille – Match Preview

Date: 26/02/12

Time: 16:00 UK

Venue: Stade Francis Le Blé, Brest

Last meeting – 02/10/11 Marseille 1-1 Brest (A. Ayew; Poyet)

Brest home form: P12, W4, D7, L1, F17, A12 (12th)

Marseille away form: P10, W4, D3, L3, F15, A14 (6th)


Background –

After beating Inter Milan 1-0 with a dramatic injury time goal from Andre Ayew in the Champions League, Marseille return to Ligue 1 action this Sunday against Stade Brest. The 1 late goal in that game, helped make up for the disappointing 1-1 draw with Valenciennes last week, and OM would like to make up for the poor 1-1 draw with Brest the last time these two teams met.

In the previous meeting between the sides, a rare Mandanda error gifted SB29 the lead in the 5th minute when a Poyet shot from distance slipped past him. Andre Ayew equalised in the 20th minute, and that result left Marseille 13th in the Ligue 1 standings, but since then they have only lost 1 game. Since the beginning of 2012 OM have now amassed 8 wins, 2 draws, and 24 goals remaining unbeaten.  A victory on Sunday for Marseille would give them 7 wins from 7 in all competitions on the road and keep them within touching distance of Lille and Saint-Etienne who have both played a game more. Victory for Brest would give them a little more breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone, which they currently sit only 5 points above.


Marseille Team selection –

Having made a number of changes between the Valenciennes and Inter games, Didier Deschamps will most likely stick with stability and start with his strongest starting 11. Although Brest are not challenging for the title or even a European place, they have been incredibly difficult to beat at home this campaign. Granted they have only won 4, but having only lost 1 game this is sure to be a tight game and Deschamps will have to look for a number of ways to break through the leagues joint 2nd best defence.

Having been forced off with cramp and a slight knee problem, right-back, Azpilicueta is expected to be fit to return to the starting 11. The fit again Andre-Pierre Gignac will be likely to start on the bench, but if the game is going in OM’s direction he could expect a good run out with Deschamps admitting earlier this week that Gignac needed some quality playing time. With Mbia and Remy still out Deschamps may go with much the same line-up and formation that began the game with Inter.

Having been rewarded with an international call up, Marseille will most often look to Amalfitano as their creator and supplier. Throughout the second half of the Inter game, Marseille continually attacked down the right flank and although chances were created, the goal actually came from the left side. It is important that Cheyrou and Valbuena look to play to Ayew and Amalfitano evenly down both sides as well as making runs forwards themselves. The more attacking options Marseille give themselves the more pressure they will put the whole of the Brest defensive line under. Likely line-up and formation:


Brest dangers –

1)      Allowing Marseille to control the game. Strange as it sounds, the Inter Milan game may have been the perfect preparation for a game against a small, mid-table side from Brittany. The performance that Inter put in at the Velodrome is typical of Brest, and the difficulty that Marseille had in breaking them down on Wednesday will be duplicated in this game. Brest will be happy to allow Marseille to control the game, looking to counter from such play, and they have created many chances from such occasions this season. Such a tactic may call for Diarra to play a little deeper, in the opposition half when attacking, and break down a Brest attack before it really begins.

2)      Attacking down the right. If Andre Ayew is the preferred starting left midfielder then he will need to support Morel more than he did against Inter. The young left-back was often left exposed and Marseille must stop Brest down this side, as goals against Nice, Sochaux and Bordeaux this season have all come from this right hand side. The less time given to Poyet, who often floats into those channels the better as he has 3 assists and 2 goals to his name this season.


Summary –

This game offers Marseille and their fans a real chance to see just how good their team is now. They have turned it on against le grand teams of Ligue 1, Lille and PSG, however at the start of the season, Brest were exactly the kind of side that Marseille simply couldn’t muster a decent enough performance against. If OM can break down Brest and bring 3 points back to the Velodrome it will suggest that they really are fighting for 3rd place and the draw against Valenciennes really was just a minor blip.

Predicted score: Stade Brestois 0-2 Olympqie Marseille


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)