In-spite losing last round away at St Etienne (3-1) Sochaux made a decent game, created a couple of interesting actions, scored, but in the end got overwhelmed by St Etienne’s strength.
With less than 10 rounds to go it is still possible for Sochaux to salvage this season, and they have the necessary weapons to achieve this objective.
The potential on the flanks is simply outstanding, both when it comes to fullbacks and wingers. Corchia is in great form and his actions on the right side confuse opponents and often prove to be decisive.
In the center Sochaux rely on experienced Roudet who often delivers key passes for the sole striker. The problem comes when the striker enters the scene. Bakambu made a fool of himself lately, as he is way too slow and uninspired and misses even the best of opportunities.
Good news as Jordan Ayew will return after suspension and can substitute wasteful Bakambu.
Lately opponents Marseille focus only in the center and neglect the flanks. It is a shame as players like Payet or Thauvin could do wonders on the sides. But nowadays only of them starts and his tasks are mainly in the center. Lots of energy is wasted in this manner and the mentioned players can’t achieve full potential.
The situation got so bad that they started treating every set piece like a penalty. They bring in central defenders to opponents’ penalty box hoping to create numerical superiority. They did it last round against Rennes (lost 1-0) and in fact this is how they conceded, as they got surprised on counter.
Coach Anigo really needs to change something, as in this manner it will be hard for Marseille to catch a place for Europe next season.
Both sides will be motivated, but regardless the positions in the table, Sochaux is more inventive in this moment than Marseille. Sochaux +0.25 at 1.95
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Sochaux: Y.Pelé, Cros – Faussurier, Carlão, L.Zouma, Marange, Corchia, Kanté, Sunzu – Contout, Prcic, Ilaimaharitra, Sinkala, Boukari, Roudet – Butin, Mayuka, J.Ayew, Frau
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – So.Diawara, Fanni, B.Dja Djedje, L.Mendes, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, J.Morel – Be.Cheyrou, Imbula, A.Ayew, Romao, Valbuena, Lemina – Gignac, Thauvin, Payet, Khalifa