OM hope to confirm at Stade Vélodrome
Olympique Marseille coach, Elie Baup
Following their promising start in Reims (1-0 win on a Cheyrou goal), OM will attempt to take it to two wins in front of their home crowd, against a Sochaux outfit that were taken by surprise at home by Bastia (2-3 defeat) during the first week.
Morgan Amalfitano makes his return from suspension and Loïc Rémy is back at training. But Elie Baup is not sure he can count on André Ayew, who suffered a light injury to his heel last weekend, and must also make do without Stéphane Mbia, who is suspended.
The Sochaliens enjoyed holding their opponents to a draw at the Vélodrome last season (2-2 in the first week), but saw the departures of Marvin Martin and Modibo Maïga this summer, and will probably also bid farewell to Ryad Boudebouz very soon, as he makes his way to none other than… Marseille!
On top of this, Eric Hély will be without Edouard Butin, Frédéric Duplus and Jérôme Roussillon, all injured, while David Sauget and Joseph Lopy are uncertain.
Despite all this, the Sochaliens are determined to put up a good fight against OM.
“We will not head there with a defeatist mentality. One should not be like that. I get the impression that everyone thinks we are heading there to play for a draw. No! We are going there to play and that is it. For me, if we go there with fears, we risk not accomplishing anything at all,” warned Sochaux striker, Sloan Privat.