Attention ! OM square off against CFA (fourth division of French Football) side Trélissac. A possible Cinderella story following their defeat of Lille in the previous round, Trélissac come into this game with nothing to lose. OM, the heavy favorites, will look to rest certain starters and give playing time to some fresh players. Continue on for more preview and lineup.
Trélissac, after defeating Lille in a penalty shootout. Photo courtesy of 20minutes.fr
This is the definition of a trap game. Trélissac will be confident and aggressive, playing with nothing to lose. OM will be looking to rest starters, and know that anything less than a convincing win will be seen as a disappointment. Trélissac will be very physical, and OM must be serious and clinical from the beginning. If OM can score quickly, the game may be quelled early. Some quick points for this game:
Fletcher will be making his first start for OM, allowing Michy to rest. Much will be expected from him, as he will be alone up top. Depending on the midfield, he must be ready to give quality runs and calls for the ball, in order to get involved. Of late, Michy has struggled to get the ball at his feet. Fletcher, signed so as to push Michy to play better, must play as if he wants to start. He is not on holiday.
Alou Diaby… ?
After his exciting signing to the club, hopes were quickly dashed that Diaby would play. Suffering several setbacks during his recovery, it was quickly forgotten that he even played for OM. Him being announced in the group was a surprising announcement, and all signs point to him playing at least a few minutes. He will be watched closely, as any chance that he could be relied upon for the rest of the season would be great news. We shall see…
Carquefou Part Two ?
In 2008, in a game similar to this one, OM lost to Carquefou, a team playing in CFA2 (5th division of French Football). Despite having a team of stars, OM fell to a well-executed counter-attacking style, in one of the biggest upsets in Coupe de France history. Let us hope that OM does not repeat this error. Despite the disappointment, the Carquefou game represents what is so beautiful about the Coupe de France and soccer. On any given night, any team can win. Lineup to follow.
Highlights of the 08 defeat to Carquefou, a team in CFA2.
Isla – Sparagna – Rekik – De Ceglie
Romao – Silva
Lopez – Barrada – Thauvin
Merci, et allez l’OM !