It seems Marseille rely too much on central defender N’Koulou (away at African Cup of Nations) as the open spaces in defense last round against Montpellier were visible from another planet (Marseille lost 2-1).
Midfielder Imbula was the only one trying to provide a helping hand for fellow defenders, but he is only human and couldn’t handle all the pressure. DjaDjedje and Mendy are more like wingers than fullbacks so the spaces left open are huge and that is how Marseille ended up conceding almost 1 goal per game so far.
Hosts concentrate too much on the attacking aspect and severely neglect the defensive phase.
In the midweek Cup game opponents Guingamp got an early red card and had to play in 10 against Monaco (ended up losing 2-0). In-spite being eliminated from the Cup Guingamp left a good impression and even manged to give headaches to a powerful opponent while in numerical inferiority.
Just like at the end of 2014, when they managed an historic performance and qualified for the European spring, Guingamp look confident and resourceful.
At the moment they can successfully defend on two lines and prevent opponents from getting close to the penalty box. Upfront wingers Pied and Beauvue are in great form and can create dangerous opportunities out-of-nothing.
Guests will miss forward Mandanne due to suspension.
Marseille will push hard to get back on the right track, especially since they are on home ground, and the loose defense may be even more vulnerable now. Guests can exploit their situation given their good form. Guingamp +1 at 2.21
UPDATE: Marseille will welcome back winger Alessandrini after injury. Guingamp will once again miss M.Samassa, Cardy, S.Marveaux, Baca, Mathis and Schwartz. Same bet
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, B.Dja Djédjé, Doria, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel – Alessandrini, Imbula, Lemina, Payet, Romao – Batshuayi, Boutobba, Gignac, Omrani, Thauvin
Guingamp: Lössl, Guichard – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen, Angoua, Lévêque, Lemaître – T.Giresse, L.Dos Santos, Pied, Sankharé, Mou.Diallo – Beauvue, Achahbar, Salibur, Alioui, Coco