Marseille lost many important players after a disastrous season. Keeper Mandanda, defenders Nkoulou, Mendy and Djadjedje, midfielders Romao, Silva and Isla, and striker Batshuay, they all transferred-out.
In exchange, they brought-in a couple of high profile players: striker Gomis from Swansea, fullback Bedimo from Lyon, and defender Hubocan from Dynamo Moscow. Still, on paper Marseille look way weaker than last season.
Besides losing important players, Marseille also have another problem. The club was put for sale a couple of months ago, but until now, there was no interest. Some rumors appeared recently, according to which some Iranian investors, linked to Iran Air, may buy Marseille for around 100 million Euro.
Being put for sale is not exactly ideal for Marseille’s players, and can be a real obstacle for performing at full potential.
Last season Toulouse avoided relegation only in the final round, and if they don’t bring some valuable players, they will once again have relegation woes.
This summer they lost forward Ben Yedder who scored 14 goals last season, and was a real leader.
Forward Toivonen was transferred-in, but it’s not his first time in Ligue1, and he never really adapted to French football.
Toulouse also lost defenders Matheus, Kana-Biyik and Tisserand, and midfielder Didot. They are not key players, but the overall defensive strength diminished after their departure.
This season Marseille can easily go from one extreme to the other, especially until the ownership situation will be resolved. Goals should be in cards when Marseille play, especially since they lost most of their defensive players. If the first 15 minutes will have a good rythm a live bet on goals is recommended.
UPDATE: Toulouse will miss defenders Yago and Ninkov, and midfielder Doumbia.
Marseille: arseille : Pelé, Samba – Sakai, Doria, Rekik, Rolando, Bedimo, Hubocan – Diaby, Cabella, L.Diarra, Khaoui, Machach, M.Lopez, Zambo Anguissa – B.Sarr, B.Gomis, Leya Iseka, Thauvin
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont – Amian, Spajic, I.Sylla, I.Diop, Jullien, Moubandjé – Blin, Somalia, Sirieix, Bodiger, Pi, Trejo, Cafaro – Toivonen, Braithwaite, Edouard