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Having rediscovered their goal-scoring touch under the caretaker boss, Al Hain-Cole thinks Les Phoceens' long-standing defensive issues will ensure an entertaining cup clash

After crashing out of the Coupe de la Ligue against Lyon, Marseille will be hoping to keep their chances of silverware alive when they welcome Nice to the Stade Velodrome for Tuesday’s Coupe de France clash.

Having seen Saturday’s Ligue Un match against Valenciennes postponed due to bad weather, Les Phoceens have not been in action since last week’s cup defeat at the Stade Gerland, but are 4/7 (1.57) favourites with William Hill to bounce back with victory tonight.

Claude Puel’s men ran out 1-0 winners when the teams met at the Allianz Riviera in October’s league fixture but are 5/1 (6.00) outsiders to record their first away win over these opponents in almost seven years.

The sides shared a 2-2 draw the last time they met at this stadium, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them taking the tie into extra time with a stalemate after 90 minutes.

Having failed to score in three of their last four matches under previous manager Elie Baup, Andre-Pierre Gignac’s late penalty in the defeat to Lyon ensured that the hosts have found the net in all seven games under caretaker boss Jose Anigo.

Meanwhile, Les Aiglons’ 4-3 cup defeat at Nantes that same evening means they have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine matches on the road, so will be up against it to improve on that record against a team in confident mood in front of goal.

That goal-scoring touch will be particularly vital for Anigo’s side considering they have conceded in all but two of their last 20 matches, although they will take heart from a strong home record against these opponents.

Having struck at least twice in each of their last six home games against Nice, Marseille’s own defensive frailties means odds of 21/20 (2.05) are not to be missed on over 2.5 goals being scored for the sixth time in seven encounters between these sides at this stadium.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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