With the exception of the first round when players were still in vacation mode Marseille fully dominated opponents when playing on home ground. It seems that offensive players easily achieve full potential when playing in-front of own fans.
Marseille only drew 1-1 last round away at Toulouse but they managed to preserve a bit of energy. Forward Batshuayi played only half an hour and still managed to score an important goal while winger Alessandrini was suspended. Defenders Javi Manquillo and Rolando were left on the bench so Marseille should be fresh in the defensive phase as well.
Ever since forward Sunu got injured it seems that Angers took the foot off the gas. Although they have the same number of players involved in the attacking phase Angers are no longer capable of surprising through fast paced counters. With no element of surprise their actions are predictable and Angers struggle to create scoring opportunities.
As long as there is no constant pressure Angers are pretty solid in defense and don’t leave any open spaces. Things change when opponents push continuously and create actions in speed. That’s when Angers get overwhelmed and lose focus, just like it happened three rounds ago away at Lorient (lost 3-1).
Angers will welcome back midfielder NDoye after suspension
Marseille should once again dominate on home ground especially since opponents aren’t anything special without forward Sunu and can’t keep possession in opponents’ half. Marseille -1.25 at 2.07
UPDATE: The commission discipline decided to give winger Alessandrini another week of suspension so he will once again sit out together with fullback Mendy.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Andonian, De Ceglie, B.Dja Djédjé, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna – Barrada, Cabella, L.Diarra, Isla, Romao, Lucas Silva, B.Sarr, Zambo Anguissa – Batshuayi, Ocampos
Angers: Butelle, Letellier – Andreu, Is.Traoré, Manceau, Bouka Moutou, G.Angoula, R.Thomas, Mohsni – Auriac, R.Camara, Capelle, Diers, Mangani, Saïss, Ketkeophomphone – Doré, Sl.Sissoko