Marseille improved recently, in comparison to previous months, and they seem more confident and constant in efforts.
Although key winger Alessandrini has been injured for a couple of months Marseille don’t seem to suffer offensively, on the contrary, new playing relations have been developed and now they are more dangerous than ever.
Winger N’Koudou and forward Batshuayi get along so well like they are childhood buddies. When one of them scores you can be sure the other one delivered the assist. It happened last round in Ligue1 and it also happened in Europa League.
Allesandrini returned from injury in the midweek Europa League game against Groningen (Marseille won 2-1), played for about half an hour, hasn’t achieved much but will surely improve in future rounds.
Monaco dominate most opponents but it’s incredible how poorly they perform when it comes to applying the finishing touch.
One on one with the keeper and players simply turn around like they forgot to lock the door or something. There are highly skilled players in Monaco’s attacking line but confidence and chemistry are at minimum levels.
If losing the Europa League game against Anderlecht wasn’t bad enough (lost 2-0) Monaco also lost key player Toulalan who suffered an injury. Toulalan is actually the most important in the squad, as he is the only one constantly providing support for defenders.
Marseille disappointing many times this season but hopefully playing against Monaco will force them to keep up the same rythm. The momentum belongs to Marseille and the final scoreline should reflect that. Marseille -0.5 at 1.99
UPDATE: Monaco’s young midfielder Mbappe could make his first Ligue1 appearance.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – B.Dja Djédjé, Manquillo, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna – Barrada, Cabella, L.Diarra, Isla, Romao, B.Sarr, L.Silva – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Ocampos
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, S.Sy – R.Carvalho, Coentrao, Echiejile, Fabinho, Raggi, Alm.Touré, Wallace – T.Bakayoko, Boschilia, H.Costa, R.Lopes, Moutinho, Pasalic, Ber.Silva, Mbappé Lottin – Carrillo, El Shaarawy, L.Traoré