It’s been a month already since Marseille last won a game and to be honest you never know what to expect of them nowadays.
They can perform at a Ligue2 level one week and score 6 goals all of sudden the next week. You don’t have to be a Ligue1 aficionado to realize that Marseille have huge potential but for some reasons they are unable to achieve it.
Forward’s Batshuayi performances perfectly characterize the way Marseille are playing. He sometimes scores from unbelievable positions but other times he can’t find the target alone with the keeper.
Attacking midfielder Cabella joined Marseille more than a month ago but he still hasn’t adapted and is shy and isolated most the times.
The same goes for the defensive phase. On paper they should have one of the most powerful defenses in Ligue1 but in reality they kept only one clean sheet so far since the season began.
Since the season started Lorient steadily improved, especially in the attacking phase, and by now they they are 3rd placed in the tournament when it comes to goals scored. Forwards Waris and Moukandjo scored again last round and they are by far Lorient’s major strength.
Although it is the first season these two play together Waris and Moukandjo clicked instantly and there was no need to build chemistry. Coach Ripoll converted Moukandjo from winger to a central forward and his bet paid off, even if before Waris’ arrival it seemed that Moukandjo will only waste his potential.
Unfortunately for Lorient in defense things seem to be at the opposite end. They are simply conceding too many goals and the situation may worsen this round since Lorient will have to do without important central defender Lautoa (injured) and fullback Gassama (suspended)
It is true that Marseille are unpredictable but we can foresee how Lorient will approach this game. Given the defensive fragility, and now the absences, Lorient will be forced to make the most of their offensive skills. Surely Marseille will be eager to get back to winning days and will have to accept the rythm imposed by Lorient. Over 2.75 goals at 2.03
UPDATE: Marseille will miss midfielder suspended Barrada. Bad news for Lorient as they will have to do without important forward Waris. Same bet.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – De Ceglie, B.Dja Djédjé, Manquillo, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna – Cabella, L.Diarra, Zambo Anguissa, Romao, Lucas Silva, B.Sarr – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Ocampos, Nkoudou
Lorient: Lecomte, Chaigneau – Paye, L.Koné, Z.Touré, Bellugou, Guerreiro, Le Goff – Barthelmé, Bouanga, Mesloub, Ndong, Mulumba, Jouffre, Philippoteaux, Lavigne – Gakpa, Moukandjo