OM faces a trap game against a crafty Montpellier team in the round of 16 of Coupe de France, this Wednesday. Montpellier typically pulls out strong results against OM, and OM has a couple key players missing from the lineup. Continue reading to see more analysis.
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As Coupe de France is a way to get into Europe, OM should take this game very seriously. Coming off a great performance at Caen, this OM team must look to continue the momentum in this game. Another strong showing would help the team spirit and play into Ligue 1 games. With a crucial Lyon game this weekend, OM must be focused.
With Lassana Diarra out as he has to go in front of the TAS (Tribunal International de Sport), there is a gaping hole in the midfield. Alessandrini is still recovering, so look for Sarr to fill in on the right flank. I will be watching how Sarr plays closely, as I hope that his game against Caen is a sign of things to come. He lit a spark under the team last weekend, and could be the key to this offense. His strong play frees up Batshauyi and Nkoudou, drawing attention away from them and opening up the defense.
I also want to see how the midfield plays without Diarra. He has been such a key player this season, so it will be interesting how OM plays without him. Will the options come more from the flanks, allowing the fullbacks to push up? Or will Cabella/Barrada have to drop deeper, turning the formation into a more 4-3-3? Also, will Michel sub Batshauyi out early to offer him some rest? I guess we shall see. Allez l’OM !
Dja Djédjé – Nkoulou – Rolando – Manquillo
Isla – Romao
Sarr – Barrada – Nkoudou