October 21, 2012
Troyes v Marseille: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.3||0.9|
|Last 5 home||W-W-L-D-W||D-W-W-W-W|
|Last 5 away||L-W-L-W-L||L-W-D-W-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Troyes | Marseille|
Marseille coach Elie Baup has rejected suggestions the Ligue 1 title is already a two-horse race as he prepares to take his leaders to bottom-placed Troyes tomorrow.
The Stade Velodrome men maintained their advantage over Paris St Germain after a 2-2 home draw before the international break, but Baup insists it is far too early to point out potential rivals.
Baup said: "We have only played eight games in the season and there are 30 more to go. We have to think about being consistent with our game, and united in our willingness to work hard.
"If we continue with the same mentality we have been showing, the results will follow, and that is the project that concerns me.''
The point against PSG, thanks to two Andre Gignac goals, was a timely boost for Baup, whose side had lost ground the previous week in a shocking 4-1 away defeat at Valenciennes.
That result will give some hope to Troyes coach Jean Marc Furlan, although the bottom side, who have taken just two points from a possible 24 so far this season, also have an injury crisis to contend with.
Troyes have Brazilian pair Rincon and Thiago Xavier, plus Fabrice N'Sakala suspended, while Julien Faussurier is injured.
With just four fit defenders, Furlan is forced to recall Florian Jarjat plus youngster Maxime Colin.
Furlan said: "It is a little bit of a state of emergency but it will bring together our focus.
"It is not a question of whether we should take a risk with the boys returning to injury - it is a fact that we have no choice.''