This is surely the most interesting game of the round, both because the names of the teams involved and also because their current positions in the table.
Not the best of moments for hosts as they will have to do without defenders N’Koulou (key player) and Romao, both of them suspended. N’Koulou is by far Marseille’s best defender and without him the defensive potential will be heavily diminished.
It’s interesting to see who will replace N’Koulou since defender Morel is also highly doubtful. Most likely young Brazilian Doria will partner Fanni in central defense. This will be Doria’s first presence in the lineup and given the young age some emotions (that could lead to mistakes) could be seen.
Marseille could also miss midfielder Ayew who is highly doubtful.
Lately Bordeaux had some problems with injured players (mainly in defense) but successfully coped with the situation. Coach Sagnol recently started using a defense in 5, with fullbacks advancing a lot and participating in the offensive phase.
Most likely they will continue using the same formula, especially since central defenders Ilori and Sane will return from injury. Bordeaux will also welcome back forward Saivet.
Mraseille are very dangerous upfront with midfielders Payet and Thauvin making the difference through speed and ball control and Gignac scoring from the most difficult positions, but even so, Marseille will have a really difficult task against a defense in 5 that constantly receives support from midfielders. Missing combative midfielder Ayew won’t make it any easier for hosts.
Meanwhile Bordeaux can take advantage of Marseille’s defensive absences and the spaces left open by fullbacks DjaDjedje and Mendy who often leave their positions. Bordeaux +0.75 at 2.09
UPDATE: Marseille are definitely without Morel and Ayew. Bordeaux will miss defender Ilori (hasn’t recovered) and striker Diabate. Same bet
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, Doria, B.Dja Djedje, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, Sparagna – Alessandrini, Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Tuiloma – Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet, Omrani, Thauvin
Bordeaux: J.Carrasso, Jug – Contento, Mariano, Planus, Poundjé, L.Sané, Yambéré – Badin, Kaabouni, Plasil, Sertic, Ab.Traoré – Sala, Rolan, Maurice-Belay