These two met about two weeks ago in the French Cup when Caen mildly dominated and had the best of chances, but Marseille won at penalties.
Last round Caen were up against a solid and highly organized opponent and they had difficulties in creating tunnels and advancing inside the penalty box (lost 2-0 at Angers)
Attacking players were not that inspired but hopefully things will change on home ground.
Hosts started 2016 with the wrong foot but they are still one of the most organized and solid teams in the tournament.
Central defender Da Silva suffered an injury and will miss for about one month.
Disappointing performances for Marseille so far in 2016. Last week against Guingamp they moved the ball in midfield without adding any real pressure (finished 0-0), and the same happened in the midweek Cup game away at Toulouse (lost 2-1).
Upfront Marseille are still without attacking midfielders Alessandrini and Cabella and the offensive potential is heavily diminished.
In defense they will welcome back N’Koulou who was suspended in the Cup, but will have to do without Rekik. Many players clearly expressed their desire to transfer out (or not renew contracts) and this certainly created tension and is affecting their playing style.
Neither side is in a good moment but Caen are definitely more determined. Caen may also want to avenge the unfair Cup defeat from two weeks ago and this may add some extra motivation. Caen DNB 2.12
UPDATE: Caen welcome back fullback Imorou and winger Bazile. Midfielders Barrada and Cabella are back for Marseille, same as defenders Dja DjeDje, Rekik and NKoulou
Caen: Vercoutre, Reulet – Appiah, Al.Yahia, Ben Youssef, Imorou, Alhadhur – Seube, Delaplace, Makengo, Leborgne, Féret, Bessat – Delort, Rodelin, Ntibazonkiza, Louis, Bazile
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna, Isla, Dja Djédjé – L.Diarra, Romao, L.Silva, Zambo Anguissa, Barrada, Cabella – Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Rabillard, B.Sarr