Nancy started in force last round away at Nice and dominated the first half hour. They even opened the score, but gradually faded and ended up with no points (Nice won 3-1).
Midfielder Pedretti was once again one of the most important players, along with forwards Dale and Dia. They made continuous efforts for 90 minutes, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Players involved in the defensive phase were very hesitant, outplayed on many occasions, and it will be impossible for Nancy to survive in Ligue 1 these conditions.
They are usually more confident on home ground, as we could see two weeks ago when they cruised past Rennes without problems (won 3-0).
Hosts will miss defender Cuffaut, but welcome back defender Badila and midfielder Maouassa.
Two rounds ago Marseille didn’t have any inspiration to reach opponents’ penalty box (0-0 against Toulouse), and last week it seemed like every single attack could turn into a goal (won 4-0 against St Etienne). That just about sums up Marseille’s season.
Central midfielders constantly participate in the defensive phase (all three of them), and this is why Marseille conceded only once in the last 5 rounds.
Thanks to the powerful defense, Marseille can get points even when attacking players have a bad day (it happens quite often..). That’s how we can explain the two 0-0 draws in the last 4 rounds.
Guests will miss key striker Gomis, but welcome back winger Cabella.
Both sides use the same 4-3-3 formula. It’s needless to say that Marseille are superior in all departments, but they lack consistency and always struggle without Gomis. Nancy were extremely aggressive in their last home game, and most probably this will be another determined performance. The value is on the home side. NANCY +0.5 at 1.85
Nancy: Chernik, Ndy Assembe, Cétout, Chrétien, Diagne, Cabaco, Badila, Guidileye, Pedretti, Diarra, Aït Bennasser, Maouassa, Marchetti, Dia, Puyo, Hadji, Dalé, Robic, Coulibaly.
Marseille: Samba, Pelé – Bedimo, Hubocan, Doria, Fanni, Evra, Rolando, Sakai – Cabella, Khaoui, M.Lopez, Sanson, Vainqueur, Zambo Anguissa – N’Jie, Payet, B.Sarr, Thauvin.