Marseille were fortunate to have their game against Valenciennes postponed last round.
I say fortunate because Marseille’s performances so far in 2014 are way under the real potential of the team, while Valenciennes picked up confidence after winning their first Ligue1 game in 2014 (won 3-2 against Bastia).
[restrict paid=true level=1] Marseille had time to meditate and watch some Premier League and Primera football on TV and learn a thing or two.
Most likely they will be using the best team possible (the team that should have started against Valenciennes), as accumulating tiredness is out of question. They have a hard game on Sunday away at Monaco but there’s plenty of time until then.
The appetite for playing football should be at high levels after sitting out last round.
In spite winning 2-0 over Ajaccio, Nice were a real letdown last round. They were dominated for most of the game and only Ajaccio’s offensive softness helped Nice win the game.
From all players making the defensive phase there was only one whose performance impressed, central defender Genevois. The other ones just clowned around…
Ajaccio pushed hard and the spaces in their defense were huge. In-spite of that, Nice could not exploit and lost the ball each time on counter. Only in extra time Cvitanich managed to score the 2nd goal, after all of Ajaccio’s players were on the other half.
Nice are still without a couple of important players: central defenders Pejcinovic and Bodmer, wingers Bautheac and Eysseric, and midfielder Traore, all of them injured.
The group of players called for this game hasn’t been announced at the moment of writing, nor any details in regards to possible changes, but I have no doubt some important players will be rested. After all, top-scorer Cvitanich was only on the bench in the quarter finals of the French League Cup against Nantes last round. This game has way less importance to them.
Cvitanich will most likely be rested again, same as fullback Puel. Palun will be the one substituting Puel, a player without any-kind of skills or confidence. Marseille’s winger Payet will have a field day against Palun.
The price of 1.95 for Marseille -1 is just gold. You should take it as soon as possible as I foresee a heavy drop in odds. Medium to high confidence.[/restrict]