Toulouse vs Marseille by Lucien
Toulouse were underdogs in the previous round when the team visited Bordeaux, but were very close to obtain all three points as the team conceded equalizer in last moments of the game. Players of Bordeaux looked a bit more active, but the visitors took the lead in 23rd minute via Regattin and looked like, despite having less of the ball possession, they will achieve the victory as Bordeaux wasn't pressing much and didn't look threatening - out of rare number of chances near the end of the game they managed to equalize in 89th minute via Criveli mostly due the fact that Trejo got red carded in 77th minute and they tried to defend with all they got.
This point away from home surely seems as a positive result for Toulouse, but their fans and club's board can't be completely satisfied till now, with six points taken out of six number of matches. More worrying is the fact that the only victory came in the season opener, leaving the team winless in last five consecutive rounds - on the other hand, they are without defeat at home with a victory and two draws. Offensive midfielder Oscar Trejo (6/0) is of course suspended now, with Wissam Ben Yedder probably starting on his position. Coach Dominic Arribage will need to change many things again in his defense, as he continues to miss plenty of players: right full back Pavle Ninkov (3/0), left full back william Matheus (2/0), central defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (6/1), defensive midfielders Panthxi Sirieix and Mihai Roman. Also, they'll miss goalkeeper Marc Vidal and forward Somaila, last four mentioned without playing competitive football this season. Finally, defensive midfielder Abel Aguilar is questoinable for this game, while Etienne Didot will start after given a rest away in Bordeaux. They will continue with 4-3-2-1 formation and Martin Braithwaite upfront.
After a rather poor start in the new season, Marseille improved their form in previous weeks and now it can be said that they are playing at rather decent level. After convincing victory at home against Bastia 4:1, team welcomed Lyon last Sunday night and took a point in a 1:1 draw. It was rather equal game from both sides, even though the visitors have been playing with a man more since 44th minute when important midfielder Alessandrini got red carded.
Players of Lyon took the lead in 25th minute via penalty taken from Lacazette, but failed to convert numerical advantage later on. Despite playing with a man more, Marseille looked decent on the field, now being afraid to attack and deserved their equalizer which was scored in 68th minute thanks to a goal from Rekik. Near the end of the game neither of the teams looked like risking a lot and the draw was rather fair outcome after all. As said, offensive midfielder Romain Alessandrini (6/3) was sent off on Sunday night and now serves suspension. Midfielders Abou Diaby (no performance yet in the new season) and Lucas Ocampos (5/1) are both injured for this one, with the second one having some chances to recover on time trying to get over some minor knock over the weekend. Right back Brice Dja Djedje will most likely retrieve his starting position.
Open game is expected here, with Toulose trying to continue with positive performances in front of their fans, but with serious absentees in defense. Marseille lost two previous matches away from home, but no doubt the team's performance is improving and that they have more than a decent chance here.