At the beginning of the season Caen took opponents by surprise and won their first two away from home games. But by now everyone understood what Caen are made of and succeeded in neutralizing them.
Although Caen were the ones imposing the rythm they couldn’t get more than a draw last round away at Lens (ended 0-0). Opponents concentrated on defending and closing down all possible spaces. It’s been like this for Caen even against PSG two rounds ago, after opponents scored early and killed the game afterwards.
Hosts have only one possible solution for ending the bad run (2 points in the last 5 games): trying to be more offensive. They don’t need to change the system but only the attitude. It seems that coach Garande understood this and last week central midfielders Kante and Feret were more advanced than ever.
A more daring approach is the only way for Caen to score the first goal on home ground this season.
Marseille started the game against St Etienne in force and after half an hour they were already 2-0 up. Marseille are playing like true champions and at times it seems there are no possible ways to stop them.
They build actions both through long and short passes, both in the center and on the flanks. Offensive players are simply on fire with striker Gignac and winger Payet having one of the best starts of the seasons in their entire careers.
Central midfielders Imbula and Romao also take part in the attacking phase, and Imbula even managed to score last round.
Fullbacks Dja Djedje and Mendy appear to be the only vulnerability and if opponents want to score against Marseille they should focus on attacking the flanks. Deliberately or not Caen will do just that, as they rely a lot on the speed and ball control of wingers for creating actions.
Marseille may be without midfielder Payet who is doubtful at the moment.
When it comes to form and confidence these sides are at opposite ends. But Caen’s bad run and Marseille’s skyrocketed confidence guarantees an open encounter with many scoring opportunities. Over 2.5 goals at 2.10
UPDATE: Good news for Marseille as Payet is ready for action.
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Da Silva, Musavu-King, Appiah, Imorou, Raineau – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Féret, Lemar – Nangis, Bazile, Raspentino, Koita, Duhamel
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Samba – B.Dja Djedje, Doria, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou – Alessandrini, Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet