Nowadays Marseille can only win in the French Cup against sides from lower divisions. They haven’t won a Ligue1 game since February, and their last three victories were in the French Cup.
Marseille managed to qualify for the final of the French Cup, after struggling for 90 minutes away at mediocre Ligue2 side Sochaux (won 1-0). Since the final will be played against PSG, Marseille booked an undeserved place to the Europa League groups next season.
Assistant Franck Passi took over from Spaniard Michel and is now in charge of Marseille. He switched from the 4-2-3-1 system to the classic 4-4-2, but it remains to be seen if will continue with the same formula in Ligue1 as well.
Hosts may miss winger NKoudou who is doubtful after suffering an injury in the Cup game.
Nantes are severely lacking motivation for a couple of rounds already, and it’s no surprise they are sitting on 4 consecutive defeats.
The vivacity was Nantes’ major strength, but lately it seems that players are preoccupied by other things, and can’t wait for the final whistle.
Nowadays Nantes easily lose possession and don’t make much efforts to stop opponents actions.
Guests will welcome back fullback Sabaly and forward Bammou after suspension, but will miss winger Audel.
With a new coach and driven by the victory in the Cup, Marseille may be a bit more determined than in previous rounds. But unfortunately they still can’t be trusted, even against an opponent already in vacation mode.
UPDATE: Hosts will miss defender Rolando, midfielder Isla and winger NKoudou
Marseille: Pelé, S.Mandanda – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Ben.Mendy, B.Dja Djedje – Alessandrini, Diaby, Zambo-Anguissa, Cabella, Barrada, Romao – Fletcher, Ocampos, B.Sarr, Batshuayi, Thauvin
Nantes: Braat, Dupé – Cana, Djidji, Dubois, Lenjani, Sabaly, Vizcarrondo – Adryan, Bedoya, Gillet, Gomis, Iloki, Thomasson, Touré – Bammou, M’Laab, Sala.