Caen won only 2 points in the last 7 rounds, and it’s no wonder they are only 1 point above the relegation zone.
In-spite being threatened by relegation, it seems they are reducing efforts as round goes by. In the attacking phase they rely only on wingers Karamoh and Rodelin. They are skilled players, but can’t do everything on their own. Forward Santini is useless upfront and most if his attempts end up in the stands.
In defense they are slow and easily outplayed, and furthermore they keep on making at least one decisive error per round.
Hosts will once again miss defenders Guilbert and Genevois, midfielder Dabo and winger Bazile.
Last week Marseille controlled the game away at Nancy, but unfortunately they couldn’t find the net (finished 0-0).
They struggle without key striker Gomis, and if wingers Tahuvin and Payet don’t have a great day, Marseille can’t find the net (three 0-0 draws in the last 5 rounds).
The good news is that Gomis fulfilled his suspension, and the attacking potential will be back at normal levels.
Lately Marseille improved considerably in the defense, mainly thanks to the 3 central midfielders who constantly participate in the defensive phase. Fullbacks still advance, but there aren’t so many open spaces anymore.
Marseille will miss midfielders Diaby and Sertic.
Both sides are very motivated (Caen to escape relegation and Marseille to qualify for Europa League), but motivation alone won’t be of any help for Caen. They are in poor form, confidence is at low levels and the opponent is highly skilled. MARSEILLE -0.5 at 1.92
Caen: Vercoutre, Dreyer – Yahia, Da Silva, Imorou, Ben Youssef, Adéoti, Bessat – Seube, Delaplace, Malbranque, Diomandé, Makengo, Féret – Santini, Rodelin, Karamoh, Sané, Tell.
Marseille: Samba, Pelé – Bedimo, Doria, Evra, Fanni, Hubocan, Rolando, Sakai – M.Lopez, M.Sanson, Vainqueur, Zambo Anguissa – Cabella, Gomis, N’Jie, Payet, Thauvin, B.Sarr.