Moving the ball around in own half and having attempts from 30 meters didn’t do any help for Evian last game away at St Etienne.
Only 1 or 2 clear chances for Evian but otherwise the performances of all offensive players left a bitter taste.
[restrict paid=true level=1]Even defensive minded central midfielders Tie Bi and Kone were more dangerous and involved in the game than wingers Wass and Sougou, and striker Berigaud.
Versatile attacking midfielder Barbosa entered the game at one point but at 37 he is slower than ever and can’t achieve much by himself. One thing is for sure, Evian need more offensive players in the line-up, but I don’t think that will happen against a dangerous team like Marseille.
Central defenders Mongongu and Mensah made a couple of errors, just like keeper Laquit (the goal was conceded after Laquit failed to pick up an easy ball). Mensah was even substituted at half time due to his poor performance.
Looks like with the exception of central midfielders all of Evian’s players are out-of-form. The problems is that central midfielders’ involvement in the offensive phase also means reduced support for the screw-ups in the defense…
In comparison to the Cup game against Reims, Marseille will welcome back 3 important players, keeper Mandanda, fullback Morel and attacking midfielder Valbuena. But most probably Mandanda will be the only one starting, as it is too early for Valbuena to play an entire game.
Once again Marseille will concentrate only on the wings where Payet and Thauvin are superior to most opponents in Ligue1. Striker Gignac started the game against Reims in a slow manner and it took a while for him to pick up rythm. But once in-form there’s nothing stopping Gignac (scored twice in extra time and Marseille won 2-0).
Playing at home could make Evian more determined and aggressive, case in which the defensive blunders could multiply. St Etienne missed a couple of sitters, but it will be a different story against Marseille, after all there are no comparison terms between Erdinc and Gignac…
It won’t be an easy game, but Marseille are more valuable, confident and mature. Defensively they can reject Evian’s crippled attempts and there’s no doubt at least a decisive error will be made by hosts’ defenders.
In this moment the price for Marseille to win is at 2.20. It will surely drop but mainly because Valbuena’s return which in fact won’t influence the final outcome. Marseille to win with low to medium stakes.[/restrict]