Lorient were dominated for most of the game last week, and they were pretty lucky to return home with a point (0-0 away at Bastia).
They kept 3 consecutive clean sheets, but last round they constantly defended with 7 players, and opponents still found ways inside the penalty box.
There are good chances that coach Ripoll will change the system again this round and will use more offensive players, especially since winger Jouffre should return after injury. Forward Moukandjo also resumed training, but the game against Marseille may come too soon for him.
Looks isn’t everything and Marseille is the perfect proof for that. On paper they are Champions League material, but in reality they struggle even against mediocre and out of form Ligue1 sides.
In Ligue1 they are sitting on 4 consecutive draws (all finished 1-1) and their European ambitions already faded. Last round Marseille had another disappointing performance away at Gazelec Ajaccio, and were often cornered and in major difficulty against an opponent threatened by relegation.
It seems they don’t have a proper strategy, a solid game plan, and are simply improvising, and midfielders’ ideas collide and they can’t advance.
Although they haven’t impressed, lately Lorient have been way more organized and disciplined than Marseille. If you MUST have a bet on this game, you know where the value is.
UPDATE: Marseille will once again miss midfielder Diarra, who was joined on the sidelines by winger Alessandrini
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Gassama, Rose, Z.Touré, Paye, Musavu-King, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Cabot, Mesloub, Ndong, Jouffre, Abdullah, Philippoteaux – Jeannot, Waris
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Ben.Mendy, Rekik, Rolando – Isla, Barrada, Cabella, Romao, L.Silva, Thauvin, B.Sarr – Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Fletcher, Ocampos