Kind of a disappointing performance from Marseille last round away at Bordeaux (finished 1-1). Marseille took the lead in the first half and were happy to give up initiative afterwards and concentrate only on defending.
This strategy didn’t work out and Marseille failed to take advantage of Lyon’s wrong step and climb to the 5th place in the table that will assure a European presence next season.
They still have a chance but for that they need to win against Guingamp and then wait for Lyon’s result.
Valbuena started only on the bench last round but most probably he will be in the lineup against Guingamp due to the poor performances of both Thauvin and Payet.
Guingamp scored 2 early goals last round against Toulouse and successfully killed the game afterwards (won 2-0). Now Guingamp can finally celebrate and they have 2 reasons for doing so: winning the French Cup and avoiding relegation. It was a productive season for Guingamp, a small team with reserves way under the level of regulars.
Tiredness surely accumulated and a state of relaxation simply can not be avoided. Players have no more reasons to make extra efforts and neither has coach Gourvennec to use the first team.
Motivation will be only on hosts’ side who will push from the start to assure an easy victory. A calm and loosened up Guingamp will have no power to hit back. Marseille -1.5 at 2.30
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – L.Mendes, So.Diawara, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou, B.Dja Djédjé – M.Bangoura, Be.Cheyrou, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Gignac, Payet, Yousfi
Guingamp: Samassa, Ndy Assembé – Sorbon, Martins Pereira, Dos Santos, Lévêque, Babiloni, Kerbrat – Giresse, Atik, Sankharé, Beauvue, Langil – Alioui, Mu.Yatabaré, Mandanne, M.Dembélé, Bègue