Marseille were disappointing last round as it was one of the few times this season they opened the score but couldn’t hold the lead until the end (drew 1-1 at Nantes).
Attacking midfielder Valbuena was out injured (also doubtful for this game) and young Thauvin took his place in the center. Although he scored, Thauvin is far from having Valbuena’s experience and vision and also feels much more comfortable on the wings from where he can infiltrate inside the penalty box.
Without a proper attacking midfielder Marseille focused mostly on actions carried on the flanks and crosses that were looking for striker Gignac.
Bad news for Marseille as central defender Mendes will miss through suspension. His replacement will be Diawara who hasn’t played in a while due to the numerous vital mistakes he was making.
Lyon had a field day last round against Bastia (won 4-1). Even out-of-form striker Gomis found the net and picked up some rythm.
Lately Lyon had problems due to the lack of creativity but last week they looked more inventive than ever. Furthermore Lyon will receive a major boost as both midfielders Grenier and Gourcuff should return after being injured for a couple of rounds. They are by far Lyon’s most important players when it comes to creating actions. With these two back they will look like Barcelona and Real Madrid put together in comparison to last round…
Lyon will have to do without central defender Kone who is suspended but it shouldn’t be a problem as Bisevac and Umititi are actually the undisputed regulars on that position.
With Marseille lacking solutions upfront and clumsy Diawara in defense they won’t have too many chances against Lyon who will burst with creativity. Lyon +0.25 at 1.92
UPDATE: Valbuena is able to play for Marseille. Lyon welcome back only midfielder Grenier as Gourcuff is still injured.
Marseille: Mandanda, B.Samba – Abergel, So.Diawara, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou, B.Dja Djedje – M.Bangoura, Be.Cheyrou, Imbula, Romao, Valbuena, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Gignac, Payet, Yousfi
Lyon: A.Lopes, Vercoutre – Bedimo, Bisevac, M.Dabo, Umtiti – Tolisso, Ferri, Gonalons, Mvuemba, Ghezzal, Fekir, Malbranque, Grenier – Briand, B.Gomis, Lacazette, Jie