Angers vs Marseille by Lucien
After three consecutive victories for Angers, referees were a bit wronger with them in the previous round last weekend and the team got defeated away to Monaco 2:1. Home side had more of the ball possession, but weren't better in number of chances created, while the visiting side even took the lead in 55th minute via Diedhiou.
It looked like they might be able to get back undefeated, but the visitors responded with a goal from Glik ten minutes later, while the visitors stood even without that point following a second goal conceded in 76th minute as an own goal. After this defeat, Angers remained in the second part fo the table, having 3-0-4 record so far and are four points above from the relegation battle.
Home team should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Ekambi and Capelle on the wings, plus Diedhiou as central striker. First choice goalkeeper Mathieu Michel (5/0) is suspended for this one and his position should be taken by Denis Petric. Other goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier (no performance so far in Ligue 1), midfielder Jamel Saihi (2/0) and forward Billy Ketkeophomphone (5/1) are all injured. Yoann Andreu probably comes back into the starting lineup as a left back, which could be their only change in comparison to last weekend.
Marseille, on the other side, finally managed to take the victory last weekend, when the team welcomed Nantes and took a 2:1 three pointer. However, the things didn't start that bright for them, since the visitors had the lead already from second minute thanks to a goal from Sala. Still, N'Jie responded with equalizer twenty minutes later and much more organized performance from the home team.
They continued being slightly better in the second half as well, overturning the result completely from the penalty kick taken by Gomis in 53rd minute. This was only second victory for players of Marseille this season, as the team continues to reside in the second part of the table, but not at least not in the relegation zone and are three points above it. They have suffered three defeats out of three matches on the road and it's hard to see them improving away from home that easily.
Marseille, on the other side, is coming into this match probably playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Gomis as striker, plus Thauvin, Cabella and N'Jie as offensive midfielders. Central midfielder Lass Diarra (3/0) and central defender Rod Fanni (1/0) are nearing their full fitness, but the match might come too soon for them. Midfielders Abou Diaby (2/0) and Romain Alessandrini (no performance so far in the season), remain injured.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Marseille's last 3 away games (Ligue 1).
- Marseille have lost their last 3 away matches (Ligue 1).
Angers were a bit of victims in their game against Monaco which ended three matches winning streak. I see them responding here, while the players of Marseille continue with very fragile defense overall. I don't see them improving here, since the team is far away from a reliable and a solid one. Hosts should stay undefeated at least.