Marseille vs Rennes by Lucien
International break came probably in a great time for the players of Marseille, as they suffered very heavy 6:1 defeat away to Monaco in the previous round and surely needed some time to recover their psychology ahead of more important matches in French Ligue 1, but also at the start of Europa League group stages.
Their early start of the season went well, as they won in the qualifying matches of Europa League over Oostende and Domzale, but also opened up the season with victories over Dijon and Nantes without a goal scored. Slight setback happened in third round when the team took just a point at home against Angres, while the disastrous defeat came in fourth. There was close to nothing what they could do against in-form hosts who did whatever they wanted in first halftime and have scored four goals, while the players of Marseille didn't manage to create more chances, despite having more of the ball possession for the whole game, they just managed to temporarily reduce the deficit in 74th minute via Cabella.
Offensive Dimitri Payet is doutful for this one but could be involved, while injured remain forward Clinton N'Jie (3/3), defender Adil Rami (3/0) and newly signed forward Konstantinos Mitroglou. Midfielder Luiz Gustavo (4/0) is suspended.
Must be said that the players of Toulouse did deserve their victory, while the visitors once again showed that they didn't need many chances in order to score a goal. Guests took the lead in seventh minute via Mubele already, however hosts leveled up from a penalty kick taken by Durmaz in 35th minute. Players of Toulouse were the ones who entered the second halftime better and reverted the scoreline completely with a goal from Diop, while Sarr leveled up in 65th minute.
Rennes, on the other side is having really poor start in the new season, as the team has earned just two points so far. They took a point in season opening game away to Troyes, but suffered defeat at home against obviously better Lyon, to take a point in front of own crowd against Dijon in a 2:2 draw in third round. Finally, the side lost away to Toulouse before the international break with a 3:2 result in quite an interesting match. Another penalty was awarded for the home team which somehow wanted the victory more and Durmaz was once again precise in 71st minute.
Midfielder Morgan Amalfitano (2/0) is suspended after being sent off in previous match. Other midfielders Yoan Gourcuff (no performance so far in the new season) and Anthony Ribelin (also didn't perform) are injured, as well as goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo (3/0).
- Marseille have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Rennes.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Rennes's last 3 games (Ligue 1).
Marseille has all the quality, especially individual to get a victory here, while I expect Rennes to attack here as well, since the team doesn't have much to lose and surely are in need of points in order to erase their poor start in the season. Home victory is still more than probable, while a defensive game with low number of chances would really surprise me here.