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  • March 3, 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: L. Jaffredo
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Olympique de Marseille - Toulouse Preview: Hosts aiming to bounce back against Casanova's tricky side

Olympique de Marseille - Toulouse Preview: Hosts aiming to bounce back against Casanova's tricky side

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Deschamps' men, who suffered a first defeat in three months last week, aim to bounce back as they look to revive their bid for third place against a tricky Toulouse outfit


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MARSEILLE


Mandanda
Azpilicueta, Diawara, Nkoulou, Morel
Kabore, Diarra, Cheyrou
Amalfitano, Brandao, J. Ayew

TOULOUSE 

Toulouse FC
Ahamada
Ninkov, Congre, Abdennour, M'Bengue
Capoue
Regattin, Sirieix, Didot, Machado
Riviere

Marseille's Didier Deschamps remains without star striker Loic Remy, with the France international picking up a hamstring injury and is not expected to return for another 10 days.

Mathieu Valbuena may also miss the visit of Toulouse to the Stade Velodrome after picking up a strain in France's 2-1 win over Germany in Bremen on Wednesday evening, and the playmaker faces a late fitness test.

Andre Ayew has a shoulder injury and could be rested with Deschamps keeping an eye on the club's  Champions League return leg against Inter. Stephane Mbia remains sidelined, but Andre-Pierre Gignac is in line for a first-team return, having come off the bench in last weekend's defeat, his first appearance since December.

Toulouse have no pressing injury worries ahead of their trip to Provence. Adrien Regattin's run in the first-team of late looks set to continue, with Pantxi Sireix also likely to be given the nod ahead of Moussa Sissoko. Emmanuel Riviere, who has three goals in his last five league games, is set to lead the line ahead of Umut Bulut and Daniel Braaten.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Marseille were defeated for the first time since mid-November when they succumbed to a 1-0 reverse to Brest.
  • L'OM have hit the post four times in their last two games.
  • Saturday's hosts have only beaten Toulouse once in the league since 2006.
  • Toulouse are seventh in Ligue 1, above Marseille after their second straight victory last week.
  • Le Tefece have only won once away at Stade Velodrome in their last 21 trips, and not since 2007.
  • Seven of the last eight games involving these sides have been drawn.

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Available Squads
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
15Jérémy MorelDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
19Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
9BrandaoStriker
10André AyewStriker
15Jordan AyewStriker
16AndradeGoalkeeper
3N. N'KoulouDefender
18Djimi TraoreDefender
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
-Larry AzouniMidfielder
9André Pierre GignacStriker
-Chris GadiStriker
30Ali AhamadaGoalkeeper
3Daniel CongréDefender
12Cheikh MBengueDefender
3Serge AurierDefender
16Aymen AbdennourDefender
8Etienne DidotMidfielder
5Franck TabanouMidfielder
17Adrien RegattinMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
15Etienne CapoueMidfielder
19Emmanuel RiviereStriker
1Marc Vidal Goalkeeper
24Pavle NinkovDefender
-Antoine DevauxMidfielder
5Paulo MachadoMidfielder
14François Paxti SirieixMidfielder
22Daniel BraatenStriker
7Wissam Ben YedderMidfielder
Players to Watch
César Azpilicueta
César Azpilicueta
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The right-back has shone in recent times for Marseille, and is making the right-back position his own, holding off stiff competition from Rod Fanni. The 22-year-old has connected superbly with Morgan Amalfitano on the right-side regularly offering his attacking services and tracking back in time to perform timely interceptions for the hosts. Having suffered a serious injury last year, the Spain U23 international has certainly come of age in Provence.
Emmanuel Riviere
Emmanuel Riviere
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 21 year old is becoming the striker of choice at Stade Municipal, and has also impressed in recent weeks for Le Tefece. With three goals in his last five league games, the young striker will definitely be the man to be marked on Saturday. Riviere is blessed with pace, and with a keen eye for goal with L'OM having to keep this man quiet if they are to win.
Prediction
The hosts face a potentially tricky encounter against the side from the Pink City on Saturday, but three points is vital after failing to win their last three league games.

With seven points separating Marseille and Lille in third, the most likely outcome is a narrow victory as L'OM seek to close the gap.
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