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Marseille v ESTAC Troyes – 23/08/15



This weekend brings around OM’s 3rd game of the season, with their 3rd manager of the season as they still look for their first points of the campaign. New manager Michel was appointed earlier in the week and quickly took charge of training sessions, pitting the pro team against CFA squad and made it clear that he requires some investment into the squad. The week also brought about the much expected departure of the inconsistent Florian Thauvin that brought in Remy Cabella as part of the deal.

Michel brings experience having managed Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiakos and has experience in European competitions. He is expected to play a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation that the squad should be comfortable enough playing. Immediate changes Michel brought about is the first inclusion in the match day squad this season for Doria, the hot prospect, whose purchase caused so many issues between Bielsa and the board. Frank-Zmabo Aguissa also makes the squad alongside new-boy Remy Cabella. There is no Romao in the squad who is expected to depart imminently.

The full squad consists of: Pele, Madndanda, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Doria, Sparagna, Mendy, Dja Djedje, Lemina, Diarra, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, Sarr, Barrada, Frank-Zambo Aguissa, Ocampos, Batshuayi.

Off the pitch the Virage Nord closed again after incidents at the end of last season, their absence from the Velodrome today will be the last as the Yankee Nord groups return to the terraces for the next home game.

OM expected line-up:


Dja Djedje, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Diarra

Alessandrini, Cabella, Ocampos


Troyes have picked up 2 sraws from their opening fixtures, both of which have came at home (0-0 GFC Ajaccio and 3-3 with Nice). This is their first Ligue 1 game on the road this season, and you have to go back to 2001 to find their last win at the Velodrome, having lost the last 4 and drawing once since.

In their ranks they have Fabien Camus who began his career at OM and has just joined ESTAC from Genk, new signing Chris Mavinga is suspended, but striker Brayan Perea has joined the matchday squad after his switch from Lazio.

Predicting performance and results is always difficult and with new signings coupled with a new manager who knows what will happen on Sunday evening. Let’s hope for some stability, a solid performance, and the introduction of some new signings (and old signings). I’m sure Michel has learned a great deal about his team during the week, and will learn even more tonight.

Allez l’OM



Marseille v Troyes – 3/3/13 – Match Preview

Sun 03/03/13 – 16:00 (UK)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Ref. – Laurent Duhamel

Background –

The meeting between Marseille and Troyes in week 9 could have been the turning point in Marseille’s season. Before the game they were top of the Ligue by 3 points and had only suffered 1 defeat after their best ever start to a season. During the game in Troyes, OM lost Gignac to a broken metatarsal, lost the game 0-1, and lost their place at the top of Ligue1 to psg, something they have failed to gain back since. The loss of Gignac had a huge impact on the team, only winning 2 of the 6 games he missed out on. Having lost out on 3rd place due to other results this weekend, hopefully Marseille can turn the end of their season round with a much needed win over Troyes. A week of back to back losses to psg and a cup exit is one thing. Losing out on 3rd place and a defeat to the ligue’s bottom club would be another!


Marseille –

Having matched and bettered psg for most of the Ligue game last Sunday, Elie Baup decided to name an unchanged team against psg’s much changed team for the Coupe de France game midweek. It may have been fatigue or disappointment but OM failed to get anywhere near psg’s much changed team in most departments. The concentration, effort and endeavour that the world had watched on Sunday evening, was nowhere to be seen in the cup. Defensive blunders were back, misplaced passes made a return and wayward shooting continued. A performance like that was never going to beat a reserve psg team, so improvements must be made against a team who will arrive in Marseille fighting for survival.

Benoit Cheyrou and Morgan Amalfitano are both still absent, though N’Diaye returns to the squad. The full squad available for selection consists of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Abdallah, Diawara, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, N’Diaye, Romao, Barton, Abdullah, Valbuena, A. Ayew, Kadir, Gignac, J. Ayew and Sougou.

Many would have trouble arguing with a decision to change the entire defensive unit after a number of consistently poor and shaky performances from Mandanda, Fanni, Nkoulou, Mendes and Morel, though how beneficial or suitable a defensive 5 of Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Romao and NDiaye would be remains to be seen. Seeing that Baup has often failed to see the obvious issues in defence all season (set piece marking, conceding from set-pieces and defensive leadership) it is probably safe to assume that the defence will remain unchanged.

Likely starting lineup: 4-2-3-1


Fanni, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel

Romao, Barton

Kadir, Valbuena, Andre Ayew



Marseille should look to play on the break again, this is where they saw the most success against psg, and they should see a little more benefit from a slightly weaker opposition. Too often last week, OM’s counter play was rushed, and therefore crosses from Valbuena, Gignac or Kadir were trying to pick out only one other attacking player. If OM are to play this was the whole attacking unit needs to break with much more pace, this should not really be a problem for Valbuena, Kadir or Andre Ayew.


Who are they? –

After Nancy’s win over Sochaux yesterday, Troyes have dropped to the bottom of the Ligue 1 table and sit 7 points from safety. A shock win at Marseille would undoubtedly give them a huge lift ahead of playing Stade de Reims next week which could then put them only 1 point from safety with the advantage of a huge confidence boost in the process.

At present though they have the 2nd worst defensive record in the ligue, conceding 46 (Bastia have conceded 51), and one of the poorest attacking records too, 14th in the attacking table). Some of Troyes’ good attacking play this season has come from play down the wings. If Marseille allow Troyes to attack in this way, then they should ensure that Nkoulou and Mendes are in position to defend effectively.

Bahebeck and Camus are likely to be the two players working the wide positions for Troyes. Fanni and Morel must be careful to push their respective opponents wide and force them into crosses from difficult positions, allowing the rest of the OM team to take up suitable defensive positions. Allowing these two players time to dribble and possible cut inside would be most dangerous and is likely to give Troyes licence to shoot from distance and potentially score.

Along with the impressive Camus, Benjamin Nivet is sure to be the man to watch. Playing in a position just behind Yattara, Nivet has contributed 8 goals and 2 assists for Troyes so far. His ability to provide through his through balls means that if he is not closed down quickly, he is likely to cause problems. Either Barton or Romao must decide who is to press Nivet quickly. Once the ball has left Nivet, both players can drop deeper if needed, or push out and attack the defensive midfield line of Othon and Xavier. But it is important that Nivet is pressed immediately, this is something that did not happen with Beckham midweek and he was given the freedom to spray the ball around with ease, of course Beckham was playing deeper than Nivet will be expected to play, ensuring that Barton and Romao to not have to take up to advanced a position.

Possible Troyes line up (4-2-3-1):


Faussurier Rincon Saunier N’Sakala

Othon Xavier

Bahebeck Nivet Camus



Summary –

Having been in and out of the title race this season, last week’s defeat to psg, seemingly ruled OM out for good, however, with psg’s shock defeat at Reims this week, and Marseille’s game against Lyon next week, OM could end next Sunday only 2 points from top spot (I know there are a lot of variables in that, but what the hell!).

Marseille’s last 3 games against Troyes at the Velodrome have resulted in a Marseille 9-3 aggregate scorline, with Troyes winning only once in the last 7 meetings (0-1 in 2001). If Marseille want to ensure a Champions League qualification, which would be good progress for this squad, then they need to begin with a win over Troyes. This would put them 2 points clear of Saint-Etienne in 4th who face a tough game against Rennes next week.


Predicted score: Marseille 2v1 Troyes


Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Marseille 1.44

Draw 4.10

Troyes 8.00



Other Ligue 1 games

Montpellier 2-0 Rennes

Reims 1-0 psg

Bastia 1-0 Ajaccio

Toulouse 0-0 Evian

Sochaux 1-2 Nancy

Saint-Etienne 4-0 Nice

Lorient 1-1 Valenciennes

Brest v Lyon

Lille v Bordeaux


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

Troyes 1-0 OM match report – very bad night at the office

Marseille fell to a shock 0-1 loss away against Troyes as PSG took over at the top of the table. Facing the worst defence and arguably the worst team in ligue 1, it was a nightmare night for OM. To top things off leading scorer Andre Pierre Gignac will be out for the rest of 2012 with a foot injury. There have been many highs and positive points for OM so far this season, but this was arguably the lowest low, even worse than losing to Valenciennes.

The prognosis heading into the contest was very positive for Elie Baup’s men. Most of the squad was nearing full fitness, even Diawara isn’t far from a return. The coach had the luxury of keeping Loic Remy on the bench along with some other decent options. I think its fair to say that this was the strongest XI and bench OM had at their disposal all season. Troyes meanwhile, but were completely depleted and missed many players to injury, especially in defence.

Troyes severely weakened in defence

Troyes’ defence has been made to look a laughing stock by most sides this year. In total, they conceded 19 times in their 9 previous games this year, looking very shaky in the process. They only had 3 available defenders for this game, surely OM would tear them open easily yeh? Actually wrong. Troyes were to keep an amazing clean sheet and arguably deserve it too. For once, Jean Marc Furlan operated some sensible tactics in Ligue 1 and set up his team to be hard to break down. Mostly this year Troyes have looked to play in an attractive and attacking way, which has been to their detriment. Whether or not OM were expecting this again who knows, but they struggled to adapt having to break down a more resolute formation.

Lack of OM penetration

Yes, OM did have more possession and yes some chances were created but after all the huff and puff, the only meaningful effort on goal in the first half was an Amalfitano shot which Thuram beat away. OM just couldn’t create clear cut chances and Troyes defended well and solidly. To make matters worse, Gignac had to exit in the 20th minute after breaking his foot and he probably wont return to action until 2013. At the other end, Troyes offered little threat but they were never in danger of conceding, 0-0 at the interval summed things up.

After halftime, a Valbuena free kick was well saved by Thuram as OM looked to start the period strongly. But it was Troyes who came closest to breaking the deadlock when they smashed the crossbar thanks to a header from a corner. Yes, OMs deficiencies from set pieces came back to haunt them and would later cost them dearly. The best chance the visitors had all night arrived within a minute of Troyes hitting the bar. Loic Remy found himself all alone at the back post, seemingly looking nailed on to score, but he somehow fluffed his header into the ground.

Troyes’ late sucker punch winner

OM kept knocking on the door after that attempt, but most of the shots which tested Thuram were from long range and once again clear cut chances couldn’t be created. It was a real struggle for Baup’s men to break down this supposedly ‘weak’ Troyes defence. OM were making very hard work of things but so often this season they had managed to get the job done and get a result when it mattered. Clearly the players believed this and kept trying right until the end. However, there was to be a late twist in the tale as Troyes completed a smash and grab raid to steal the points for themselves. As so often is the case against OM, the origin of the goal was from a corner which wasn’t properly cleared. Nivet picked up the loose ball and fired home low into the bottom right corner. That made it 1-0Troyes and you just knew there and then that they’d hold on to complete a famous win.

Terrible result for OM

Clearly this is a totally unacceptable result for OM. No matter whether you have ambitions to win the title, finish in the European places, or even just finish inside the top 10 then you simply have to beat a side like Troyes. Credit the hosts for somehow producing their most solid display of the season, but with them missing so many players OM are severely guilty of not taking advantage. A fair outcome probably would’ve been a 0-0 draw, so why were OM so dismal at creating chances? This is very unexplainable because every other side this year has torn Troyes apart and made their defence look terrible. My only possible conclusion is that OM came here thinking they had already easily won and were too over confident. Lets hope that’s the reason, otherwise this result doesn’t bode very well for the rest of the season.

Whilst they were undoubtedly unlucky to go home with nothing, everyone should be ashamed of not leaving Troyes with a comfortable 3 points. This could be a very costly result come the end of the season against a side that will likely be relegated, maybe even as the bottom placed side.


Player ratings and comments

Mandanda 5/10 Hard to fault him for the goal, he did little wrong (or indeed anything) throughout and was hardly tested.

Abdallah 5/10 Defensively assured and did get forwards well, but his crossing was poor.

Nkoulou 4/10 Seemed to lack concentration in this match and wasn’t really up for it. Also picked up a silly yellow card.

Fanni 5/10 Troyes never really tested him out that much, he did ok.

Morel 4/10 Solid defensively, but again much like Abdallah his crossing was woeful and final delivery poor.

Kabore 5/10 Generally played alright and nearly scored with an excellent long range shot. But against a side like Troyes you’d expect him to exert his authority more and dominate the midfield. He didn’t.

Cheyrou 4/10 Much like Kabore, he did ok but is capable of far better. He should’ve really controlled the middle of the park against such weak opposition.

Valbuena 7/10 OMs best player. He was everywhere as usual causing problems and trying to make things happen. He’s clearly very confident at the moment and looks sharp. Final ball could maybe be better though.

A Ayew 3/10 Its about time he started to play better because he’s been well below par this season. Wins and good performances from others have masked his deficiencies. He needs to step it up.

Amalfitano 4/10 Maybe wasn’t 100% fit, didn’t look all that sharp anyway. His crosses were generally poor and except for one decent turn and shot in the first half he didn’t offer much threat.

Gignac N/A Only played 20 mins before getting injured, had looked lively before that.


Remy 4/10 He needs to score a goal in the liguie to get his confidence back. To be fair, he looked better and relatively dangerous the longer the match went on, but he has to be downgraded for missing such an easy header at a crucial time.

Jordan Ayew 5/10 Came on and played the last 25 mins on the right wing. Added some energy to the side, but ultimately failed to make that much of a difference.

Mendes N/A He only played the last 7 mins, difficult to assess his performance.

Troyes v Marseille – Match Preview

Sun 21/10/12 – 20:00 (UK)

Stade de l’Aube, Troyes

Ref. – Wilfred Bien

Background –

After a more than encouraging performance and result against most people’s favourites for the Ligue 1 title, psg, Marseille will look to continue their early season form against most people’s favourites for relegation, ESTAC Troyes. In the game against psg, Marseille showed exactly why they had such an excellent start to the season with the players playing with grit, determination and a bit of class (discounting Amalfitano’s slap!) all of which had been missing in the embarrassing 4-1 defeat by Valenciennes the week before. In contrast to OM’s 19 points from 8 games, Troyes have only managed to pick up 2 since their promotion to Ligue 1.  Worryingly for Marseille though, Troyes 2 sole points have come from probably their toughest opponents so far in the form of home draws against Lorient and Lille.

Marseille –

Le Classique was built up to be one of the games of the season and for the most part it didn’t disappoint. A fascinating and entertaining first half showed OM in some of their best form of the season, both attacking, and for the most part, defending too. Two moments of class from Ibrahimavic gave psg a share of the points that their negative end to the game possibly didn’t deserve.

All of Marseille’s internationals escaped without incident or injury during the international break, so the travelling squad is made up of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Fanni, Abdallah, Nkoulou, Mendes, Morel, Mbow, Kabore, Cheyrou, Abdullah, Valbuena, Amalfitano, A. Ayew, Raspentino, Gignac, J. Ayew and Remy.

Given the performance in the classique it would be difficult for Baup to alter his starting line-up or the formation even with players like Remy, Mendes and Abdullah impressing recently, they may be compensated with a Europa League start this coming Thursday. Given the weaknesses that Troyes have shown so far this season, Marseille should again look to play to their own strengths. Expecting the majority of possession, it would be expected that Troyes will defend in numbers and look to score on the break, despite being the home team. Marseille should not panic if goals do not come early as chances created for the in-form Gignac can be supported by individual efforts from any of the other 3 attacking players. If chances have still not been converted, then having a player like Loic Remy to bring off the bench is a luxury not many Ligue 1 teams have.

Expected line-up and formation:  

Who are they? –

As mentioned earlier, Troyes have struggled since their promotion to Ligue 1. Picking up only 2 points from 8 games Jean-Marc Furlan’s hope for survival from this season seems a long way off already. AT present they have the 2nd worst defensive record in the ligue, and one of the poorest attacking records too.

Some of Troyes’ good attacking play this season has come from play down the wings. If Marseille allow Troyes to attack in this way, then they should ensure that Nkoulou and Fanni are in position to defend effectively. The pace that Valenciennes attacked with in week 7 caught OM out too often, leading to a number of chances and subsequently goals.

Quentin Othon and Mounir Obbadi are likely to be the two players working the wide positions for Troyes. Abdallah and Morel must be careful to push their respective opponents wide and force them into crosses from difficult positions, allowing the rest of the OM team to take up suitable defensive positions. Allowing these two players time to dribble and possible cut inside would be most dangerous and is likely to give Troyes licence to shoot from distance and potentially score.

Summary –

Much of the media have this as a routine away win, and given the contrast of the two teams on paper, it’s easy to see why. Marseille can’t take this for granted though as another ‘Valenciennes’ performance would probably see Marseille returning home with no points. Ahead of a tough month with Europa league games along with domestic games against Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille and psg to come, OM need to continue their run of early season form, accruing as many points as possible with an almost full strength squad. The Valenciennes game should be fresh enough in the OM players memories to ensure there is no repeat of that performance and OM should win the game comfortably.

Predicted score: Troyes 0v3 Marseille  

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Troyes 5.50

Draw 3.75

Marseille 1.62


Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)


Other Ligue 1 games

Bordeaux 1v1 Lille

Psg 1-0 Reims

Rennes 2v1 Montpellier

Valenciennes 6v1 Lorient

Nice 1v1 Saint-Etienne

Nancy 1v1 Sochaux

Evian 0v4 Toulouse

Ajaccio v Bastia

Lyon v Brest

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