Toulouse travel to Marseille this afternoon and, after being linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur this winter, Wissam Ben Yedder will be hoping to continue his excellent goal scoring form if Alain Casanova’s side are to have any chance of stopping the Marseille juggernaut. The French forward has six goals this season, but he'll need to add to that if Toulouse are to stand any chance.
After failing to win their first two games, Marseille have won seven straight and lead the way in Ligue 1. OM are the top scorers in the league, with nine of those goals coming from the incredible form of Andre-Pierre Gignac. If Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a forward to lead the line, perhaps he would be better looking at Gignac’s abilities, rather than the much smaller Ben Yedder.
The success for OM boss Marcelo Bielsa has been outstanding, considering he has called upon the same XI players that were all at the club last season. The success comes from a new found belief, an increased hard-working mentality and means they fight for the ball all over the pitch.
It is unclear how long this XI will be able to keep going for Bielsa has to swtich things up, but with no one on the injured list, the Argentine boss seems to be keen to play this side until they can give no more.
Casanova isn’t so lucky. He is still without promising defender Uros Spajic and midfield general Etienne Didot. Those two will always be missed, defenders Marcel Tisserand and Matheus are also out, but Toulouse will lineup, as always, in their 3-5-2 formation.
Danish striker Martin Braithwaite is coming back from injury, he should partner Ben Yedder up front, but it could be Aleksandar Pesic to lead the line if the Scandinavian isn’t quite fully fit.
It is hard to see how Toulouse could take anything from this game, but Marseille have looked a little shaky down the flanks, plus they haven’t come up against a side playing two up front. This will be a test for Bielsa’s back four, and the ideal time to see if they have improved since the home defeat to Montpellier.
Toulouse need to be bold and take the game to OM. If they can pile on the pressure, they have a chance. They just have to find a way to stop the red-hot Marseille attack.
Marseille (4-2-3-1) – Mandanda (cap) – Dja Djédjé, N’Koulou, Morel, Mendy – Romao, Imbula – Thauvin, Payet, Ayew – Gignac
Toulouse (3-5-2) – Boucher – Veskovac, Grigore, Moubandjé – Ninkov, Trejo, Aguilar, Regattin, Akpa Akpro – Braithwaite, Ben Yedder