Marseille really needed some time off to disconnect and get their heads straight. They have one of the most valuable teams in the tournament but they continue to underperform.
The game against Gazelec Ajaccio last round got postponed, and the midweek Cup game away at minnows Granville was an easy one, even if Marseille only won at a minimum advantage (finished 1-0)
Hopefully Marseille used this calm period to charge their batteries and build a new strategy for the end of the season.
They are now in the lower half of the table, but there are still many rounds to be played, and if Marseille will achieve full potential they will easily be in cards for a place in Europe next season.
Midfielder Diaby once again suffered an injury and most probably will miss this game.
Toulouse were a huge let down last week against Rennes. They made a poor game but somehow were 1-0 up after 90 minutes. Justice was done when opponents scored twice in extra time and took all points (Rennes won 2-1).
Toulouse were already low on morale, but now the confidence level must be at a historic low.
There are 10 more rounds to be played, but the chances for Toulouse to avoid relegation are only on paper. Coach Arribage is powerless, as Toulouse don’t have enough resources to improve.
Toulouse can use the same disappointing team as last round as there are no new injuries.
This is a difficult moment for Marseille, no doubt about that, but Toulouse is the perfect opponent for hosts to pick up confidence and rythm. This can easily turn into training session for Marseille. MARSEILLE -0.75 at 1.92
UPDATE: Marseille will have to do without defendet Nkoulou
Marseille : S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – De Ceglie, Manquillo, Ben.Mendy, Rekik, Rolando – Alessandrini, Barrada, Cabella, L.Diarra, Isla, Romao, L.Silva, Thauvin, B.Sarr – Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Fletcher
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – I.Diop, Moubandje, Somalia, Spajic, Tisserand – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, Sirieix, Doumbia, E.Didot, Trejo, Regattin – Ben Yedder, Pesic, Braithwaite