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Marseille 2-1 Sochaux 10/11/13

Sochaux So Close To Punishing Marseille

Thauvin OM

A late Gignac penalty saved OM’s blushes as they struggled to brush aside a disciplined and determined Sochaux team who performed far better than they form or ligue position would suggest.

The start was about as good as Marseille could have hoped for. Playing adventurous football, Abdallah and Mendy pushing forwards and it was the latter who set up the games opening goal. Finding space down the left Mendy crossed after cutting back, Thauvin found a yard of space after losing his marker and planted his header back to the front post. Ecstatic, the youngster who has really found his form in the last few games paraded a ‘joyeux anniversaire PAPA’ poster during his celebrations.

The reminader of the first half was fairly even. Valbuena linking up well with Thauvin and Payet, but often to no avail as Jordan Ayew failed to make his presence felt as the lone striker. Sochaux also had a few half chances to test Mandanda as they managed to get in behind the OM defence, but good covering from Diawara foiled them twice.

Marseille should have made it 2 within 10 minutes of the restart as Jordan Ayew almost capitalised on a Sochaux defnsive blunder left him one on one with Pouplin. Unfoirtunately, he lost his composure, took a touch too many and the Sochaux covering defender tackled with relative ease to block his shot. A chorus of boos rang out around the Velodrome after that, as it appears the majority of OM  fans are starting to get fed up with Ayew’s lacklustre performances.

OM paid the price for this minutes later as Mayuka picked up the ball wide on the right after Mendy misjudged a simple header from a Pouplin clearance. Once Mayuka was on the ball he skipped past Diawara, Nkoulou, a reovering Mendy and then Cheyrou befor unleashing an awesome shot that flew past Mandanda into the far corner.

After removing the tired Valbuena for Imbula, it looked like Baup was aiming to hold out for another draw in the ligue and avoid defeat or a win. On 80 minutes though he brought on Gignac for Ayew (again to a chorus of boos).

It was at the other end that the action almost happened though as Romao appeared to trip Mayuka in the box before clearing the OM lines. Sochaux were understandably annoyed at not picking up a penalty but OM pushed further. From the break, Gignac took a shot at goal but his shot was blocked by Peybernes but bounced up and hit his arm. AFter some debate the referee controversially awarded OM the penalty, which Gignac confidently netted.

The rest of the game was fairly even with OM barely looking to extend their lead and Sochaux struggling to create anything clear.

Far from a comfortable victory for OM, but a much needed 3 points for Elie Baup ahead of the international break. OM go into the break in 5th place and face Ajaccio next before Arsenal ahead of the players strike.

Tops: Mendy, Thauvin

Flops: jAyew

Full report and highlights to follow.

Allez l’OM

(@aswanny84 & @marseilleUK)

Marseille – Sochaux 10/11/13

Having now failed to win in 7 games, Marseille will hope for a much needed boost as they face the team bottom of Ligue 1 with only 7 points to their name, Sochaux.

The away defeat to Napoli in the Champion’s League on Wednesday came as a bitter blow is the general attacking performance certainly warrented more. However, defensive inadequacies cost the team dear, as they have too often this season, a far cry from the watertight back line of last season.

Elie Baup is without the suspended Andre Ayew and injured Rod Fanni, although Lucas Mendes does return to the squad and Jeremy Morel retains his place.

Given the defensive issues of late it remains to be seen if Baup will tinker with the defensive line up and may persevere with Abdallah, Diawara and Morel to partner Nkoulou, instead of starting with Mendes and Mendy. It is almost certain that 3 of the forward 4 will be Payet, Valbuena and Thauvin, but Baup may give thaught to starting the fit again Gignac or Khalifa ahead of Jordan Ayew.

The full OM squad is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, jAyew, Gignac, Khalifa & Payet.

Likely line-up and formation:


Abdallah Nkoulou Diawara Morel

Romao Imbula

Payet Valbuena Thauvin



Sochaux come into the game into this game in just as bad form as OM with their only win of the ligue campaign coming against Valenciennes at the end of September. They probably have the edge in terms of confidence as in their last 4 games they’ve picked up respectable draws against Monaco and Saint-Etienne and a Coupe de la Ligue win over Montpellier.

Likely line up and formation:


Corchia Zouma Kante Faussurier

Nogueira Lopy Prcic

Contout Bakambu Roudet


A definite must win for both teams. Baup needs a win to keep his job. OM need the win to stay in touch with the top teams. Sochaux need it to put themselves within temporary touching distance of safety.


Allez l’OM

(@aswanny84 & @marseilleUK)

Sochaux v Marseille – Match Preview 13/01/13

Sochaux v Marseille

Sochaux v Marseille

Sun 13/01/13 – 20:00 (UK)

Stade Bonal, Montbeliard

Ref – Fredy Fautrel


Having fininshed 2012 with 3 wins in a row, Marseille will look to start 2013 in a similar way as they take on 3rd from bottom club Sochaux. Solid wins, if not performances, before the winter break came against Bastia, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne. Wins have already came in the Coupe de France over Guingamp, and in a friendly against Moroccan team Kawkab. Sochaux’s last ligue win came back in November as they defeated Ajaccio, asince then they have drawn 2 and lost 4. Sochaux were also victorious in last weekends Coupe de France competition, beating CFA 2nd division side Thaon 1-0, although they did require an own goal to help them. This fixture last season turned out to be Didier Deschamps’ last game in charge as OM were defeated 0-1, Boudebouz with the only goal of the game.


As they players enjoyed a week’s training camp in Morocco this week, Elie Baup has stated that OM will have to ‘bend over backwards to keep it (current form and ligue position) up’. He also made reference to OM’s away form, OM currently sit top of the away ligue table, but Baup knows that tough games away to psg, Lyon, Nice, Lille and Saint-Etienne still await the team.

Elie Baup has almost a full strength squad at his disposal. Nkoulou, Fanni and Jordan Ayew have all served their respective suspensions and are available for selection. Andre Ayew (hamstring), Lucas Mendes (thigh) and Morgan Amalfitano (knee) have all been declaired fit enough for the squad. The only absentees are Charles Kabore, Senah Mango and Foued Kadir who are all away on international duty in the ACoN. The 18 man team is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Fanni, Nkoulou, Diawara, Mendes, Morel, Abdullah, Barton, Cheyrou, Valbuena, Amalfitano, A. Ayew, J. Ayew, Remy, Gignac, Jobello.

Sochaux have shown that they are often vulnerable to counter-attacks and attacks down the wings. These are also areas of Marseille’s game that they have shown significant strengths this season. If Amalfitano can regain some of his early season form he will provide a good threat against Roussillon, equally, A. Ayew has shown recently his strengths down the left flank and should look to get the most out of Corchia.

Important aspects of play will also come through Barton and Cheyrou’s link up play with Valbuena and Gignac. Gignac is already showing in a few games exactly what the squad missed without him during November having netted 3 times in 4 games since his return from injury.

Defensively Baup may look for consistensy and thus stay with the line-up shown below. But with Diawara back it is possible that Morel (or even Nkoulou) could be dropped after some shakey performances of late.

Likely starting line-up:

 Sochaux v Marseille formation

Who Are They?

Sochaux finished last season in 14th place, 4 points above the relegation zone. They also took 4 points from OM last season (2-2 at the Velodrome and 0-1 at Stade Bonal). Eric Hely’s side have struggled this season, and part of this is down to their home form. They have only picked up 8 points, 2nd worst in the Ligue, coming from wins over Troyes and Evian and impressive draws with Lyon and Lille.

Right-back, Sebastien Corchia, has performed consistently well for Sochaux. He likes to attack and will fancy his chances against Morel, as he looks to cross and provide service for Bakambu. Thank fully, Ryad Boudebouz is on international duty with Algeria so will be unable to claim another winner over OM. Another strength for Sochaux is ‘keeper Simon Pouplin. Despite Sochaux’s poor position in the defensive table (14th having conceded 29 goals), there is no doubt that this would be an awful lot worse if it wasn’t for some of the fine saves that Pouplin has pulled off this campaign.


In Sochaux, Marseille are historical underdogs, having won only 13 times to Sochaux’s 30. The last few seasons have been a lost more even through with 3 Sochaux wins to 2 OM wins since 2008. Sochaux will hope to get as many points on the board early on to avoid the threat of relegation hanging over them, and if they are to do this, they must improve their home form. This will not be easy to do against the ligue’s best away side, and as a result my prediction is an OM win.

Predicted result: Sochaux 0-2 Marseille


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

Sochaux: 5.00

Draw: 3.25

Marseille: 1.80


Weekend’s other Ligue 1 fixtures:

Saint-Etienne 2-2 Toulouse

psg 0-0 Ajaccio

Troyes 1v2 Lyon

Montpellier 2v0 Lorient

Rennes 0v2 Bordeaux

Nancy 2v2 Lille

Evian 0v2 Brest

Reims 1v2 Bastia

Nice v Valenciennes

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK)