Guingamp - Marseille - Friday 19:30GMT
Marseille travel to Guingamp on Friday evening on the back of their superb 6-0 win against Troyes at home last Sunday. It was Michel’s first game in charge after just three days at the club and the Spanish manager was delighted with his first victory.
L’OM played with a lot of confidence and inspiration going forward. Javier Manquillo, at the back, Lassana Diarra, in midfield and Remy Cabella, in attack, all made their debuts and were very promising. Diarra scored a wonderful goal and didn’t lose a single ball in midfield. He bossed the game. Michy Batshuayi, who hadn’t scored yet this season, netted a double.
After two defeats in their first two league games, the players had to react and did so in the best way possible. They had a really troubling time at the start of the season with the departure of Marcelo Bielsa, only a few minutes after their opening loss against Caen at home. They have steadied the ship and they now need to confirm their new form on Friday at Guingamp. They have won on their last three visits in Ligue 1 and have a momentum with them.
Michel has had the whole week to work with the squad and pass on his message to his new players. He likes to play with a number 10 who dictates the game and on Sunday that was Barrada. It is very different to Bielsa’s philosophy. The Spaniard has also brought the confidence and motivation back in the squad.
Marseille have big potential offensively. Abou Diaby and Brice DjaDjedje are out and Abdelaziz Barrada is doubtful but all the other players are available. Michel should field the same starting XI as against Troyes, with Ocampos coming in for Barrada if he is out.
For Guingamp, who lost their first three games of the season, it is already a crucial game. They cannot afford another loss. They haven’t played too badly this season but have been too fragile defensively and not efficient enough up front.
They have three key players back for this game (Benezet, Mathis and Jacobsen) but they face a tough test despite being at home. I don’t think they will be able to trouble Marseille enough defensively and I can see another win away at Guingamp for the visitors.
The odds are in favour of Marseille with an away win at 2.00. A draw is at 3.35 and a home win for Guingamp is at 3.90.
Michy Batshuayi is favourite to score first at 6.10. My best tip is Marseille to score in both halves at 3.65
Score prediction: Guingamp 0 Marseille 2 at 10.00