Marseille vs Bastia by Lucien
Marseille started the season with two defeats, sacked their coach and the players responded in a great fashion in the third round, with a 6:0 victory over Troyes in front of own fans. However, when everyone expected them to continue in a positive way and start climbing up at the table, they suffered rather unexpected loss away to Guingamp 2:0 in previous round, against a side that had no point till that game.
However, the team didn't play that bad, but the offensive part of the team simply was less than efficient even though they had some creativity, held the ball much more to their possession and only lacked scoring goals. On the other side, players of Guingamp could be more than happy with how the things developed, as they missed a penalty kick in third minute, but managed to score twice in last twenty minutes of the game, could be said despite the flow of the game. Surely that the international break came in a good moment for Marseille, as the team obviously needs to re-group a bit and practice more together in order to start playing as a real team. During the break they had a friendly game away to Trnava and won it with narrow 1:0 score, while the target for today's game is surely getting back on track and earning another victory. The club remained active in last moments of the transfer window obviously searching for improvement in their game and have brought three players: Mauricio Isla, Roland and Paolo De Ceglie. Midfielder Lucas Silva joined the club on loan from Real Madrid, while Mario Lemina got sold to Italian giant Juventus. Isla and Silva will probably make debut, while Brice Dja Djedje (2/0)remains only injured player.
Bastia, on the other side, is having a positive start for now, with the team being at sixth position for now, only two points away from second placed Reims. However, as every season they are basing their performances and table position thanks to their home performances and have continued in the same manner this season - with two starting victories in front of own fans - against Rennes 2:1 and Guingamp 3:0.
As said, as every season, playing away from home is completely different story for them and it's no wonder that the team earned only one point on the road in comparison to six in front of own fans. They grabbed a point away to Lorient in the second round, but were defeated in the most recent game when they walked out with empty hands following 2:1 defeat against St Etienne. They anyway couldn't do much more and could be happy with the final result as the team played with a man less from fourth minute already when Alexander Djiku got red carded, but not only that, they played with nine men since 74th minute when Francois Kamano also received straight red card. They are now both suspended for this game and should be replaced by Floyd Ayite and Gilles Cioni.
Striker Brandao is back in the team after serving three matches ban, but goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca remains questionable with fibula injury, while newly signed Mehdi Mostefa might miss the game with a back problem.
After an impressive victory over Troyes, coach Michel and his players were brought back to Earth, but now are surely entering this one being even more determined to show something impressive. The Corsicans are doing well for now, but are coming here probably very relaxed, knowing that they are facing a strong side and that the history is not in their favor. Hosts can't afford to lose more points in such games if they are to play in Europe next season and will surely be as attacking as possible from the first moment, something that should open up the game completely.