Andre Villas-Boas has made his mark in his season debut in Ligue 1. He has led Marseille’s positive campaign and brought his team sit comfortably on the second of the table. A Champions League spot is likely to be on their hand providing they can be consistent on the top three. This weekend, their positive run seemingly continues as they are only hosting Nantes which is still struggling on the mid table.
Marseille carried on their winning days despite the absence of their top scorer and key figure, Dmitri Payet. They won 2-1 over the host, Lille, after one goal behind first as Victor Osimhen opened the score sheet. Fortunately, they were not panic even though Valentin Rongier failed his penalty. It was Gabriels own goal and Dario Benedettos close range strike which turned things around.
Nantes, on the other hand, failed to win again last weekend. They were held in a goalless draw while hosting Metz. Their attacking side once again failed to optimise the shots on goals in the penalty box. This result stretches their winless run to five games with two draws and three losses.
Missing players and probable lineups
The former Chelsea and Tottenhams boss is often in favour of 4-3-3 with the transition to 4-2-3-1 formations. He relies mainly on Dmitri Payet as the key man on the attack along with Dario Benedetto as the targetman. Both have scored eight goals so far. Payet will be ready for this match to support his team. Apart from the long injury of Florian Thauvin, none will be sidelined.
Marseille: Steve Mandanda; Hiroki Sakai, Duje Caleta-car, Alvaro Gonzalez, Jordan Amavi ; Morgan Sanson, Kevin Strootmann, Maxime Lopez; Dmitri Payet, Dario Benedetto, Nemanja Randojic
Meanwhile, Christian Gourcuff tends to employ 4-2-3-1 all this time. With barely any transition to any other formations, Gourcuffs men will possibly be in difficulty again to pick up three points. There are three players on the injury table, Fabio, Renaud Emond and Marcus Coco.
Nantes: Albant Lafont; Dennis Appiah, Nicolas Pallios, Molla Wague, Charles Traore ; Mehdi Abeid, Andre Girotto, ; Ludovic Blas, Moses Simon, Imran Louza; Kalifa Koulibaly
Marseille might be the favourite but the head-to-head meetings shows that both teams are even as both have had the same win, draw and losses in their last six encounters. Nantes in fact has a negative record in the last five games as they have been unable to win.
Marseille is likely to continue thier positive trend as the visitor's side has been unconvincing lately. Nantes' chance even to achieve a draw result is fairly small, unless they could drastically improve their forward' poor finishing. Thus, three points in Stade Velodrome is not difficult.
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