Somehow Nantes managed to hold more possession last round away at St Etienne, but all their efforts were in vain as the possession was mostly in own half while trying to find a way to advance. In the end Nantes were luck to lose only 1-0 as opponents missed a few great opportunities.
The biggest weakness is the offensive phase as players are uninspired, lack confidence and maybe even skills…
In defense and midfield they are decently organized but since they can’t create scoring opportunities there is constant pressure on defenders.
Although the situation is pretty tight in the lower half of the table Nantes are somewhat safe from relegation and this also affects the level of motivation.
Marseille deserved at least a draw last round away at Bordeaux but football is far from fair and they ended up losing 1-0. Midfielder Ayew was suspended and Alessandrini took his place in the lineup.
Alessandrini had an excellent performance and was by far Marseille’s most active player. The playing appetite is at high levels since he was mostly a bench warmer this season. Alessandrini also came very close to finding the net and he was even denied a clear penalty by the referee.
Midfielder Ayew will return from suspension but Alessandrini should be in the lineup again since winger Payet is suspended this round.
Key defender N’Koulou played an entire half (returned from a long injury two rounds ago) and most probably he will be in the lineup this week.
Recently Marseille had a few hesitant and unconvincing performances and as a result they are now only 4th in the table. Champions League is just one position away and there is no doubt Marseille will do everything in their power to assure a European presence next season.
Guests’ defense hasn’t been that solid recently but since Nantes have the poorest attack in the tournament Marseille should be safe. Marseille -0.5 at 2.11
UPDATE: Marseille will miss injured fullback Mendy.
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Alhadhur, Is.Cissokho, Djilobodji, K.Hansen, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Bessat, Deaux, R.Gomis, Iloki, Veretout – Audel, Bammou, Is.Bangoura, Gakpé, Niane
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, Andonian, B.Dja Djédjé, Fanni, J.Morel, Nkoulou – Alessandrini, Imbula, Lemina, Ocampos, Romao, Thauvin, Tuiloma – A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac