December 2, 2012
Brest v Marseille: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||0.9||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.4||0.9|
|Last 5 home||L-L-L-L-L||D-W-W-W-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-L-L-L||L-W-D-W-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Brest | Marseille|
Marseille boss Elie Baup has called for calm ahead of tomorrow's match against Brest, but has demanded a reaction following their humiliating mid-week defeat to Lyon.
Baup's side were beaten 4-1 at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday night, their third defeat in their last four matches.
That victory took Lyon to the top of the Ligue 1 table, but Marseille are in third just two points behind in a league where just six points separate the top eight.
Brest find themselves in mid-table, but Landry Chauvin's side have the third best home record in the league with five wins and a draw from their six encounters at the Stade Francis-Le Ble
"Brest at home are very well organised with ability,'' Baup told reporters. "We must raise our game.
"The goal from the beginning of the season was the top five, there is always the ambition to do better and we are well placed to do that.
"There are a lot of games where we missed a lot of opportunities. We should not give up and continue, it will eventually pay (off).
"This is a league where anyone can beat anyone. (I think) the coming five days will give us a better understanding of the hierarchy.''
Captain Steve Mandanda, who was in goal for the mid-week defeat, has called for a better defensive performance, from front to back.
"We must tighten together and keep this unit,'' he said. "Everyone must assume responsibility and help us to win at Brest.
"We win together, we lose together. It is not only the fault of the defence or attack.''
They will have to once again do without Andre-Pierre Gignac who remains out with a broken foot, while Gennaro Bracigliano is out with a shoulder injury and Senah Mango has a sprained ankle.
The hosts will be without Israeli striker Eden Ben Basat, who scored in their 3-0 win over Bastia a fortnight ago.
His absence could mean a recall for mis-firing summer signing Charlison Benschop who has scored just one goal since moving from AZ Alkmaar and has not played since early November.
"Charlie's turn will come. He wants to do well so that puts too much pressure on him,'' Chauvin told reporters.
"I want him to play as he likes to do and he needs time to acclimate. He should not be judged too quickly.''
His team have been praised for their passing football and Chauvin sees no reason to change their style of play.
"We will continue to play on the ground and take the initiative (in matches),'' he said. "I hope we have found the right formula in the tactical plan. I hope it will last.
"We will play it simple.''