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Toulouse – Marseille – 14/09/13 – Match Preview

14/09/13 – 16:00 (UK – Replayed BTsport 1 15/09 8:30)
Ligue 1 – Game 5
Toulouse – Marseille
Stade Municipal, Toulouse

After a week of international duties, the OM squad are back in action against Mediterranean neighbours, Toulouse. With both sides having lost their last Ligue 1 game 1-2, they will both be keen to get their season back on track. Marseille had a very good start picking up 3 wins from three before the Monaco defeat, in stark contrast to Toulouse who have yet to win, although they did manage a more than respectable draw away with Monaco in week 3.



After an excellen first half diaply against Monaco, Elie Baup will hope to inspire his squad into a full 90 minute performance. Improvements must be made in defence, and hopes are that Payet’s poor performance in the last few games is not a permanent dip in form.

Diawara is not part of the squad, after his injury in the Monaco game and Andrew Ayew returned from international duty with Ghana injured. However the team will be buoyed with inclusion of new signings Mario Lemina and Florian Thauvin, the latter likely to start given Ayew’s absence.

Full OM squad: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Fanni, Mendes, Mendy, Morel, Nkoulou, Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin, Lemina, J. Ayew, Gignac, Khalifa, Payet.

Expected line up:


Fanni Nkoulou Mendes Morel

Romao Imbula

Payet Valbuena Thauvin




Alain Cassanova’s side are looking for their first win of the season and have also only managed 1 goal every other game, so hopefully the shaky OM defence may get a slight break compared to facing Falcao and co last time out.

It should be noted that traditionally Toulouse are a solid team, therefore goals may not necessarily come easy for OM, and should TFC breech the Marseille hull, the home side would defend resolutely so it could be a tougher game than it initially appears. Toulouse will hope that new signing Chentome can bring out the best of Ben Yedder and help strengthen TFC when going forwards.

Full Toulouse squad: Ali-Ahamada, Blondel, Issiaga, Sylla, Moubandje, Ninkov, Abdennour, Spajic, Leoni, Aurier, Aguilar, Sirieix, Regattin, Trejo, Didot, Chantome, Ben Yedder, Delgado, Braithwaite.

Likely starting line up:


Spajic Abdennour Aurier

Regattin Didot Chantome Trejo Sylla

Ben-Yedder Braithwaite


So early in the season this could be a make or break game for both sides. A win for OM and it keeps them in contention with psg and Monaco, showing that they do still have some title credentials. A loss may show them to being just, one of the best of the rest. Equally a loss for Toulouse, could signal them as being a side in real trouble this season.   

Marseille are unbeaten in their last 6 trips to Toulouse.

Marseille have only lost twive in their last 16 ligue games.

Gignac has scored 22 goals at the Stade Municipal, more than any other.


Other Ligue 1 games
Fri 13th
Bordeaux 0-2 psg 
Sat 14th
Valenciennes – Saint-Etienne
Nantes – Sochaux
Montpellier – Reims
Guingamp – Bastia
Ajaccio – Evian
Sun 15th
Monaco – Lorient
Lille – Nice
Lyon – Rennes


Allez l’OM
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @aswanny84)

Toulouse v Marseille – Match Preview


Sat 15/12/12 – 17:00 (UK)

Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

Ref – Benoit Bastien

Background –

Having restored some pride midweek with a 2-1 victory over Bastia, Marseille travel to Toulouse hoping to put themselves joint top of the ligue ahead of the psg v Lyon game on Sunday evening. Despite not having the greatest overall record over Toulouse away from home, Marseille have the better of recent records having last lost their 7 games ago in 2007. After a solid start to the season, much like OM, Toulouse made it as high as 3rd place after a 3-1 win over Brest in week 10. Having only lost one game by that point, TFC have subsequently lost 5 and only one once, although that was an emphatic 3-0 win over ligue leaders Lyon!


Marseille –

With the defensive midfield being made up with questionable performances from Kabore, and Abdullah filling in where possible, Elie Baup will be pleased to welcome back Benoit Cheyrou from injury and suspension. Baup was also able to welcome back early season star man, Andre-Pierre Gignac against Bastia and APG managed a 5 minute cameo at the end. Cheyrou may be in-line for a start, but Gignac will be more likely to remain on the bench against his former employers.

The travelling squad is made up of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Fanni, Abdallah, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Abdullah, Cheyrou, Kabore, Barton, AMalfitano, Valbuena, Raspentino, A. Ayew, Remy, Gignac, J. Ayew.

Having performed as a team again against Bastia, Baup may keep the same starting 11, the other option being to drop Abdullah for the fit again Cheyrou. With both Remy and Gignac relatively fit again, this could be Jordan Ayew’s final chance to prove himself and keep his team mates out of the starting 11 having now failed to find the net in 4 matches. Either way it is likely that Gignac and Remy will manage some pitch time. Remy, to get him ‘in the shop window’ as club looks increasingly likely to offload him, and Gignac, to gain some pitch time ahead of the final game ahead of the winter break, next Sunday’s clash against Saint-Etienne.

Predicted line-up and formation:

 TFC v OM Formation

Who are they? –

Having started the season well, Alain Cassanova will be looking for a positive end from his players in the first half of the season. They currently sit only 7 points above the relegation zone, and with TFC playing 18th placed Sochaux next week, they really could be dragged into a relegation battle. This is something that would have been unthought-of of earlier this season, but their form after week 9 sees them sitting 17th in the table.

Alain Cassanova only has doubts over AYmen Adbennour and Moussa Sissoko as he chooses from a full strength squad that welcomes back Etienne Didot after a one match ban.

Jordan Ayew is likely to have his work cut out for him as he faces up against the in-form Etienne Capoue. Capoue is good in the air and on the floor and has a good positional sense too. Ayew will have to use some of his sometimes juvenile unpredictability in order to succeed against Capoue. Toulouse sit 7th and 8th in the defensive and attacking tables respectively, both 1 place ahead of OM, showing that despite recent form, they are more defensively astute and can grab goals consistently too. Many of these goals, particularly home ones have come from this seasons surprise package Wissam Ben Yedder. 7 of his 9 goals have come at Toulouse’ Stadium and his versatility sees him netting goals from dribbles, shots and surprisingly headers too. This is down to his excellent positional sense, so he must be watched closely when TFC are on the attack.



This is hopefully a good time for Marseille to play Toulouse, given their recent run of form, particularly if the Lyon game is omitted. If Marseille play as they have in their last 3 wins, then they should win this game, but they need to break this ligue run of loss (0-1 Bordeaux), win (1-0 Lille), loss (1-4 Lyon), win (2-1 Brest), loss (0-3 Lorient), win (2-1 Bastia). If they can do this it really adds heat to the psg v Lyon game on Sunday evening too, with the winners having every chance of starting the winter break in 1st place.

Predicted result: Toulouse 2-3 Marseille


Allez l’OM (Swanny @MarseilleUK) 


Other Ligue 1 Games:

Valenciennes 0-4 psg

Nice 1-0 Rennes

Lille 2v0 Toulouse

Lyon 1v1 Nancy

Brest 1v2 Montpellier

Lorient 2v0 Sochaux

Ajaccio 2v0 Reims

Evian 2v0 Troyes

Bordeaux 0v0 Saint-Etienne

Bordeaux 0-0 Saint-Etienne

Rennes 2-0 Valenciennes

Nice v Evian

Reims v Lille

Montpellier v Bastia

Troyes v Ajaccio

Sochaux v Brest

Nancy v Bordeaux

Saint-Etienne v Lorient

psg v Lyon

Marseille 0-1 Toulouse – Match Report

Marseille knew that they would face a still challenge in Alain Casssanova’s in-form Toulouse outfit, and this prediction wasn’t far wrong. They came to Le Stade Velodrome with a well-oiled game-plan and some nice controlled tactics which pretty much suffocated OM throughout the whole match, especially in the 2nd half. Continue reading