Bad luck for Marseille last round, as they conceded twice in the final 5 minutes and had to return home empty handed (lost 3-2 at Rennes).
In their defense, it must be said that Marseille played almost an entire half in numerical inferiority, but still managed to put up a decent opposition.
They haven’t won in 3 rounds, but they improved in comparison to the first weeks, especially in the attacking phase. Newly arrived striker Gomis settled in, and scored 3 goals in the last 3 rounds.
But the best news is that fullback Bedimo returned from injury and seems hungry for action . Marseille were very vulnerable on the left flank when Rekik was in the lineup.
Fullback Sakai suffered an injury last round but it seems there is nothing serious. Newly transferred fullback Fanni is also in the squad.
Hosts will welcome back defender Doria after suspension. On the other hand midfielder Machach will sit out following the red card last round.
Last round Nantes played against 10 for almost the entire game, but failed to find the net (0-0 against St Etienne). Opponents’ keeper was in excellent form and denied them the winner, but to be honest Nantes were not that convincing in their attempts.
Nantes aren’t very creative, as a matter of fact they have the poorest attack in Ligue1, with only 2 goals scored so far. Only recently Nantes began to build actions down the flanks. Until now, the long passes of central midfielder Gillet were Nantes’ only way of pushing the game forward.
Coach Girard will have to improvise something in central defense, seeing that Djidji, Carlos and Walongwa and injured.
Marseille are hungry for points and toothless Nantes can be the perfect victim. Hosts won’t stop pushing until they will assure a comfortable victory. MARSEILLE -0.5 at 2.06
Marseille : Samba, Pelé – Sakai, Doria, Rekik, Bedimo, Hubocan, Fanni – Cabella, Vainqueur, Khaoui, Zambo Anguissa, Lopez – Njie, B.Sarr, B.Gomis, Thauvin, Leya Iseka
Nantes : Dupé, Ré.Riou – Dubois, Kwateng, Lima, Moimbé, Vizcarrondo – Alegue, Gillet, Harit Kacaniklic, Rongier, Thomason, Thomsen – Aristeguieta, Bammou, Sala, Stepinski