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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)

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 2-0 Sochaux Match Report

Marseille made it back to back wins thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sochaux at Le Stade Velodrome. OM dominated right from start to finish and should’ve won by more goals. It was a very convincing display and it ensures Elie Baup’s men remain with their 100% record intact.

Marseille started strongly and came quickly out of the traps inside the first 15 minutes. The line up was as expected, although Azpi did take to the field which was perhaps a slight surprise. Gignac was especially lively early on and twice forced Cros into making some good saves. There was only one team on top, but the match was being played in really hot conditions so it was no surprise to see the pace and intensity of the game slow down at certain stages.

After the drinks break, the hosts continued to dominate and all of the action was happening in Sochaux’s half. OM kept knocking away and their best chances before half time were through a Gignac dinked chip shot which went just over, and then Rod Fanni wasted a free headed opportunity at the back post. Sochaux had offered absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. They hadn’t even had a sniff of goal and Steve Mandanda probably had about 2 or 3 touches of the ball in the whole period.

After the break, Sochaux finally had a veritable occasion when Bakambu sneaked in at the back post, but Mandanda who had been an observer for most of the game made a decent save. Just a couple of minutes later, OM opened the scoring. An excellent inswinging Cheyrou corner found the head of Gignac who made no mistake and converted into the net. Gignac has looked really sharp at the start of this season and in celebration he was clearly delighted with this goal, kissing the OM badge on his shirt passionately afterwards.

What followed was an intense 5-10 minute period of complete OM domination. Gignac should’ve had a 2nd when he fired wide from close range and Sochaux were constantly on the back foot. Had OM managed to score a goal in this period then I honestly think the scoreline could’ve become a rout, 4 or 5 nil maybe. But Sochaux managed to survive and eventually there was another lull period.

After the 70 minute mark, the visitors started to look a little more dangerous (not much more) and put in a few more crosses/shots. But OM were never in real trouble and indeed at the other end there was always a huge threat of a 2nd goal. In the last 10 minutes OM didn’t take their foot off the gas aiming to hang on, they went looking for another which would make life easier. Eventually it came through a neat Rod Fanni close range finish and fans could relax.

Overall, this was a very impressive OM display. Sochaux did look like a poor side, possibly a side who could be in major relegation trouble this season, but you can only beat what’s in front of you. Next up for OM is a trip to Moldova where they will play FC Sherrif in the Europa league. That could be an awkward little fixture because it’s a fair way into eastern Europe, never an easy place to go. Following that match is a trip to south coast rivals Montpellier on Sunday afternoon in what should be a pulsating match at Le Stade Mosson.

Player verdict and ratings

Mandanda 6/10 Really didn’t have much to do here, but kept alert when he needed to.

Azpiliqueta 7/10 For a man who is pretty much on his way out of the club this was an impressive display, remained very professional.
N’Koulou 6/10 Wasn’t really tested much, but solid as ever
Fanni 8/10 Gave an assertive display at the back and even ventured forwards a few times. Capped off his performance well with a goal.
Morel 6/10 Did well and contributed to both the defence and attack.

Cheyrou 7/10 Another assured midfielder performance and he made things tick.
Kabore 6/10 Solid, if not spectacular
Valbuena 6/10 Still has yet to reach his best this season but still played fairly well.

Amalfitano 8/10 Good display, constantly causing problems on the right hand side and gave the team a lot of energy.
Andre Ayew 5/10 Missed some decent chances and generally didn’t make as much of an impact compared to some here.
Gignac 8/10 Was looking very sharp right from the early stages and caused Sochaux problems. Scored the opening goal with a well taken header.


Referee (Bartolomeu Varela) 10/10 Given mostly by default as he did nothing wrong. Very quiet match and he had little to do, but stayed in complete control.

Official OMarseilleUK Man of the match :- Gignac

Fanni and Azpiliqueta were close behind him too, but he got the crucial breakthrough and that goal just edges him over the others.

Goals & Highlights

Marseille – Sochaux Match Preview

Marseille will hope to make it 2 wins out of 2 when they host Sochaux at Le Stade Velodrome on Sunday. The match was originally scheduled for 2pm French time, but it was changed due to fears with the heat. It should still be a hot fixture though with very high temperatures expected on the south coast.

Unfortunately its not been on the field matters which has dominated the headlines in approach to this fixture. Once again, the OM transfer merry go round has been the centre of attention. Alou Diarra has left to West Ham, Stephane Mbia wants out, and Azpiliqueta is right on the verge of joining Chelsea. Names such as Joey Barton, Emir Spahic and even an old legend Lorik Cana have been linked with OM. But quite simply at this stage of August Elie Baup needs to get a firm grip on the transfer market instead of all this messing about.

The visitors, Sochaux are also in a similar position with a number of key players still linked with moves away from the club. The duo of Perquis and Boudbouz are the main doubts, they are included in the squad but how much game time will they have? Boudbouz is another supposedly on the OM shortlist so he may well want to catch the eye of his potential future employers. Sochaux lost disappointingly 2-3 at home to Bastia last week and by all accounts their defence was all over the place. There’s no doubt that OM have a very good chance to pick up another 3 points.

The off the field distractions didn’t affect the on field performance at Reims last week where OM won 1-0. There were some encouraging signs and hopefully the players will knuckle down and deliver the goods again here. The main doubt for OM is Azpi. He is included in the squad but whether or not he’ll start remains to be seen, I personally think Baup could bench him. Amalfitano returns from suspension so Charles Kabore could slot into the RDEF role if required.

A 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 formation seems the most likely for OM and the team should be pretty similar to last week. If they dont pick up victory in this match then I think it’d have to be classed as a failure. Sochaux are a poor side and look like being one of the weaker ones this year, there is no excuse for OM should they not win. Baup’s men should hopefully show the difference in class and I predict an exciting match with OM to prevail 3-1.

Allez l’OM!!!