Marseille have started the current campaign much better than the previous one. They have nine more points than the same period last season and currently occupy second place in the standings...
5 goals conceded including 3 penalties (Lens, PSG and Bordeaux); 5 goals from inside the penalty area; 1 from a centre. 2 goals scord in the first half and 3 in the second.
18 players have been used by Albert Emon; Niang, Taïwo, Maoulida, Nasri, Beye, Carrasso and Zubar have played in all nine league games to date. Taïwo, Beye, Carrasso and Zubar have played every minute of every match. Niang, Taïwo, Beye, Carrasso, Zubar have started every game. Just one transfer since the start of the season: the departure of Sabri Lamouchi.
22 yellow cards: Ribéry 3, Niang 2, Zubar 2, Cana 2, M’Bami 2, Lamouchi 2… 0 red cards.
Beye and Co. were eliminated from the UEFA Cup after coming through the third round of the Intertoto Cup (Dniepr 2-2 and 0-0; goals to Niang and Oruma), by Mlada 4-2 and 1-1 (goals to Oruma, Maoulida and Taïwo).
They have however, qualified for the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue: defeating Montpellier 2-1 (Bamogo and Maoulida). They play St-Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the next round.
Traditionally the league’s best patronised club, Les Marseillais have drawn more than 55,000 spectators on three occasions to the Stade vélodrome and had to be happy with just 48,833 the fourth time. In four away matches they have also drawn the biggest away crowds three times (Sedan, Paris, Lens) and once the second biggest behind… OL at Nantes.
Monsieur Bertrand Layec will be the referee. He has not yet refereed OM this season. He did, however, referee the Trophée des Champions between OL and PSG. He was replaced at half-time, due to injury, by Mr. Auroux. He has already refereed this fixture once before, in 2003-04 : 4-1 win for OL (Elber, Luyindula x 2 and Juninho).