Another 1-0 defeat for Marseille and this time there is a big question mark if they really deserved at least a draw…
Interim coach Passi is in charge of the squad but nothing has changed so far, they have the same system and strategy. There is only a change in attitude as Marseille are much more aggressive, maybe trying to compensate for the lack of a coherent strategy or maybe just showing their frustration.
Because of this aggressiveness defensive midfielder Romao got a red card last round and will be suspended for this game. This will create additional problems for a defense that is often caught off guard.
The good news is that attacking midfielder Barrada may return after missing last week.
There is a change at Marseille as winger Thauvin left for Newcastle and talented midfielder Cabella arrived on loan.
Undoubtedly fans will boo every single mistake players will make and will force them to be even more aggressive especially in their attempts to win possession.
A couple of days ago Marseille have appointed a new coach, Spaniard Michel, but it will take some time for him to make an impact.
Not even the most optimistic of Troyes’ fans believed they can get anything against Nice after they were 3-1 down and were playing in 10. But players believed in their chance and made extraordinary efforts until the final whistle, efforts that paid off (finished 3-3).
Troyes succeeded in getting a point mainly thanks to a savage attitude as they continuously pushed opponents in their own half. But there were also many reckless interventions and newly transferred fullback Mavinga even got a red card.
Marseille and Troyes will have something in common, they will be determined to stop the opponent from advancing at all costs. Hosts will be very nervous as they can’t afford to have patience anymore while Troyes learned last round that aggressiveness pays. Referee Tony Chapron shows an average of 3.84 yellow cards per game but in the last 3 Ligue1 games he has shown at least 5 cards. Besides being a referee he is an educational advisor so he likes discipline. In this game referee Chapron will struggle to keep players under control and cards will be the only way to convince players that aggressiveness is not the way. Over 4.5 yellow cards at 1.95.
If you are looking for better odds you can always bet on a red card at odds around 4.00 or pick Marseille’s fullback Mendy to get booked at around 3.75. You should pick Mendy because he often advances and is caught on the wrong foot.
UPDATE: Newly transferred Cabella will make his first appearance for Marseille. Midfielder Barrada is also in the squad after having recovered from injury
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Doria, Sparagna, Rekik, Ben.Mendy, B.Dja Djédjé – Lemina, L.Diarra, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, B.Sarr, Barrada, Zambo Anguissa – Ocampos, Batshuayi
Troyes:L Bernardoni, Petric – Karaboué, M.Koné, Martins-Pereira, Othon, Saunier – Azamoum, Ayasse, Camus, Court, Darbion, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Cabot, Jean, Perea