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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)