Sunday, February 26, 2012



To say that Brest are draw specialists is a bit of an understatement, they have finished all square in 14 league starts already and I feel that lack of ambition and negative approach is likely to cost them dearly come the end of the season. It is all well and good to set up defensively against the best that Ligue 1 has to offer on the road, but to adopt the same policy at home to Dijon and on the road at Ajaccio was too much IMO. They got a point in each, but surprisingly didn't look that solid at the back and it is a very dangerous game they are playing. I can see that they might feel they are playing to their strengths and their is a case for them looking to keep things tight today, but my problem is that this would be their gameplan regardless of who they were playing, or whom they had available.

The hosts lost top scorer Nolan Roux who joined Lille in the transfer window ( one goal , deep in injury time from a defender in four starts since he left), as replacement(s) they brought in Issam Jemaa from Auxerre, who is suspended today and Alexandre Alphonse from Zurich who is injured. Also out injured are eight other players, they are mainly fringe players, but all play in midfield/forward positions so options in those areas, especially in the holding role are a little limited.

OM have been playing a lot of football and are still battling on four fronts, but they do have a free midweek after this game and I think they will be very motivated to pick up maximum points today, which would take them right back into the Champions League race for next season. They have a decent enough record at the Velodrome, but always look a better side on the road to my eyes, I hope they start with Brandao up front again as away from home his hold up play works well, Valbuena is one of the most mobile "playmakers" you will see and I think he will get plenty of time on the ball today. Think the visitors will be happy to play a road game, on the basis that a change is as good as a rest, with this their first away league game of the month, that should freshen them up after a run of games under intense pressure/ levels of expectation from their loyal supporters. 1.5 units Marseille -0.5 ball 2.07 asian line.

OM: Gardiens : Mandanda, Bracigliano
Défenseurs : Azpi, Fanni, Diawara, Nkoulou, Morel, Sabo, Traoré
Milieux : Diarra, Kaboré, Cheyrou, Amalfitano, Valbuena, A.Ayew
Attaquants : Brandao, Gignac, J.Ayew

BREST :Elana, Cappone - Baysse, Kantari, Martial, Daf, Zebina, Makonda, Coulibaly - Licka, Ewolo, Lesoimier, Guidileye, Sissoko, Grougi, Khaled - Poyet, Ben Basat.

Blessés : Culma (hanche, reprise), Touré (pubis), Lorenzi (cuisse, reprise), Micola (genou), Ferradj (genou), Ayité (cuisse), Alphonse (cheville, reprise), Brou Apanga (genou, reprise).
Suspendu : Jemaa.

Good Luck.

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