Marseille controlled the game last round against Lorient but failed to get more than a draw (ended 1-1).
Once again midfielders Thauvin and Payet had great performances and this round Payet managed to find the net (last round Thauvin scored). Central midfielder Imbula was also very involved both in the defensive and offensive phase and was one of Marseille’s best players.
Fearing the opponent’s famous left flank (winger Guerreiro) coach Bielsa gave clear instructions to fullback DjaDjedje who was more defensive minded than usual. This reduced a bit the attacking potential but things should go back to normal this round, as there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore…
According to latest reports Marseille may welcome back defender N’Koulou and midfielder Ayew.
Metz’s wingers were a huge let down against Bordeaux last round (finished 0-0), especially left winger Malouda who missed a penalty in the final minutes. Right winger Lejeune ran a lot but to no avail, as he lost many balls and had many failed interceptions.
Although Metz defended with lucidity they seemed exhausted and it’s no wonder they move in slow motion at times, since the squad has no depth and the same players have been used in each and every round.
Metz’s midfielder Rocchi could make a comeback after injury but at the moment there’s nothing certain.
Guests simply don’t have enough resources to even get close to Marseille’s penalty box. This game will have one direction with Marseille in control from beginning till end. Metz will be continuously cornered and in the end there will be only the question of how many will Marseille score. Marseille -1.25 at 2.04
UPDATE: It’s official, Ayew and N’Koulou are back in the squad. Metz will have to do without central defender Milan ruled out because of injury.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, B.Dja Djedje, Nkoulou, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel – Barrada, Imbula, Lemina, Romao, Thauvin – Batshuayi, Gignac, A.Ayew, Omrani, Payet
J.Carrasso, M’Fa – Marchal, Bussmann, Métanire, Palomino, Rivierez, Choplin – Doukouré, Kashi, Krivets, Ngbakoto, Malouda, N’Daw, Lejeune – Maïga, Falcon, Andrada