Alexis Sanchez, Brendan Chardonnet, Marseille, Brest

Marseille-Brest preview: must-win game for OM

Marseille-Brest preview: must-win game for OM

Publish on 05/25 at 11:13 - S. TELFORD


Olympique de Marseille must beat Stade Brestois 29 on Saturday to have any chance of automatic qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League group stages.

Olympique de Marseille - Stade Brestois 29


- Kick-off: 19:00 GMT




Marseille welcome Brest to the Orange Vélodrome on Saturday in third, one place and five points behind second-place RC Lens with only six points left to play for.


Igor Tudor's side had been Paris Saint-Germain's closest pursuers for much of this season, but have lost two of their last three games - including a 2-1 reverse to Lens three weeks ago.


Second place slipping away


OM also dropped three points to LOSC last Saturday, again losing 2-1, with Jonathan Clauss' opener cancelled out by namesakes David and Bamba at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.


"Is second place unobtainable? It looks like it, yes, but we'll see" said OM coach Igor Tudor. "I said it was going to be difficult. We're not happy with the result. We had a great season but I'm sorry for the players."


Watch: Highlights of Marseille's 2-1 loss at Lille


Tudor has reportedly attracted the interest of Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks despite OM's wobble, but club president Pablo Longoria has no intention of seeing him go anywhere, telling media "there is no debate!" about Tudor's future.


Dimitri Payet is suspended for the Brest game after an altercation in the Lens defeat, joining long-term injury absentees Azzedine Ounahi (broken foot) and Amine Harit (sprained LCL) on the sidelines. Cengiz Under and Ruslan Malinovskyi should occupy the spots behind Alexis Sanchez in attack.


Pirates plundering points


Tudor's opposite number Éric Roy has also been attracting interest after guiding Brest to safety this season.


Les Pirates held Marseille to a 1-1 draw when the sides met in August, with Pierre Lees-Melou cancelling out Nuno Tavares' opener, and they have only lost two of their last 10 games - one of those defeats coming to champions-elect PSG.


Watch: Highlights of Brest's 2-1 win over Clermont


Brest beat Clermont Foot 63 last Sunday, and Roy is set to be handed a new contract at the Stade Francis-Le Blé.


"What will be the future hold? I don't know, just that I'll enjoy my holiday on 4 June in my house in Nice," said the former Nice coach when asked. "I want to continue. I'm so passionate about football, I took so much pleasure in sharing things with this group."


No Rémy remedy


Brest's list of unavailable players isn't as long as Marseille's, with Noah Fadiga out with a hip injury while former France striker Loïc Rémy has yet to play for the club after joining on a free in February.


Lees-Melou, Marco Bizot and Mahdi Camara are each one booking away from a suspension, but all are expected to play on Saturday.


Possible teams


Marseille: Lopez; Mbemba, Gigot, Balerdi; Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Kolasinac; Under, Malinovskyi; Alexis


Brest: Bizot; Lala, Chardonnet, Brassier, Duverne; Lees-Melou; Honorat, Camara, Belkebla, Le Douaron; Mounié

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