Coach Anigo woke up and restored normality at Marseille. Last round he finally understood that playing with 3 defensive midfielders won’t get Marseille anywhere, so he went back to the 4-2-3-1 system, with 4 pure offensive players.
He also left central defender Diawara on the bench after Marseille conceded a couple of goals because of his errors.
Sadly for Marseille they didn’t improve so much defensively. I am not talking about the goal they conceded (won 2-1 over Valenciennes), because the goal itself was kind of stupid, but there were too many open spaces everywhere around the field. This happened especially in 2nd half when central midfielder Romao got out injured. He was substituted by Imbula, and so both Marseille’s defensive midfielders were young and somewhat inexperienced (Lemina – Imbula).
Romao is doubtful for this game, and if he won’t make hosts will surely have some defensive problems. Newly arrived fullback Dja Djedje will be only on the bench, while Fanni, who was often outrun last round, will play.
Upfront everything looks good for Marseille. Last round striker Gignac scored his 7th goal for Marseille in 2014, while winger Thauvin scored his 1st Ligue1 goal of the year. Valbuena made an incredible assist from own half, proving that vision and precision are still at high levels for him.
Andre Ayew resumed training after a long period of injury, but this game will come too early for him.
Toulouse’s game last round got postponed so they had enough time to reflect on their problems and find solutions. Meanwhile central defender Abdennour transferred out at Monaco (he was injured anyway) and midfielder Regattin got injured.
Toulouse still have to wash away the shame of being eliminated from the French Cup by 4th division side Moulins. Toulouse are always determined no matter if home or away. None of their forwards are really in good form (or maybe their footballing level is just too low…) so they try to compensate by making extra efforts and bringing more players to the offensive phase. This strategy works for them as the pressure is constant and opponents are left without oxygen. But it can backfire badly (as it happened against Moulins), as even the softest of counters becomes a major danger.
Defensive midfielder Didot is suspended for Toulouse.
Hosts can find the net a couple of times given the excellent form of their offensive players. But Toulouse will make their usual game and sooner or later could take advantage of the defensive errors that always appear in Marseille’s game.
At 2.10 the odds on over 2.5 goals are simply gold. Bookies should make their homework before giving such odds. Medium confidence