Marseille made two wrong steps recently, one in the league (lost 1-0 at Lyon) and one in the Cup (lost 2-1 at Rennes).
Marseille didn’t exactly treated the Cup game that seriously as they rested important players like keeper Mandanda, defensive player Romao, attacking midfielders Payet and Thauvin (both played about 20 minutes) and top-scorer Gignac. All of them should be in the lineup against Lens.
Fullback DjaDjedje was shown a red card and will this week. This can actually be a good thing as his place will be taken by Fanni who doesn’t adventure upfront that often. Lens attack mainly down the flanks and a fullback who doesn’t leave his position is a necessity.
Opponents Lens can go from one extreme to another in only a week. After winning away at Toulouse 2-0, Lens lost with the same score in the Cup against Ligue2 side Creteil.
Lens used the best team possible in the Cup and furthermore they welcomed back three regular players after suspension and all of them were in the lineup (Gbamin, Kantari and Le Moigne).
In the league game Lens were heavily dominated but Toulouse’s lack of efficiency made it impossible for them to score. It was only the third game this season in which Lens haven’t conceded.
Lens succeeded in surprising Toulouse last week but it will be an entire different story now. Marseille are way more pragmatic and if they will apply constant pressure Lens have absolutely no chance. Payet, Thauvin and Gignac will be hungry for action after watching the Cup game from the bench. Marseille -1.75 at 2.04
UPDATE: Marseille will have an improvised defense seeing that besides suspended fullback Djdjedje, defender Morel is also out injured. Same bet
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Samba – Fanni, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, Andonian, Aloe, Tuiloma – Alessandrini, Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet
Lens: Belon, De Pinho – Ab.Ba, Baal, Cavaré, Gbamin, Landre, Kantari – Bourigeaud, Cyprien, El Jadeyaoui, Le Moigne, Nomenjanahary, Valdivia – Chavarria, Ad.Coulibaly, Guillaume, D.N’Diaye, Touzghar