Marseille – RC Strasbourg (Ligue 1)
Marseille and RC Strasbourg are up against each other on Tuesday, at the Stade Vélodrome, for the 21st round of the Ligue 1. Marseille are going through a good moment and sees here a great opportunity to climb a little more in the league table, with AS Monaco and Lyon facing tougher matches. RC Strasbourg, on their turn, arrive here after a home defeat against Guingamp and needs to pick up points quickly in order to increase their safety distance from the relegation zone.
Marseille are in 4th place with 41 points, from 12 victories, 5 draws and 3 defeats, with 41 goals scored and 22 goals conceded. Marseille are enjoying a good moment in their campaign and are still involved in a few competitions, they qualified to the round of 32 of the Europa League and the Coupe de France, and were recently eliminated from the League Cup. The team are enjoying a good run of results are arrive here with only 1 defeat in their last 13 matches in all competitions, although they have also draw too many times in the process.
Still, as far as the Ligue 1 is concerned, Les Olympiens are in very good form and have only been defeated once since September 17, with that solo defeat coming to the hands of Lyon. At home is where the team is getting better results, they have won all the previous 4 Ligue 1 matches, scoring 12 goals and conceding only 1 in the process. With Les Olympiens only 1 point behind 2nd and 3rd placed, the team will be eager to seize the opportunity to steal a march on their fellow top three contenders.
In their last 5 official matches, Marseille has a record of 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 2-2 draw away to Stade Rennais, for the League Cup. This result was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Lyon, a 3-1 victory over Troyes, a 1-0 victory against Valenciennes, for the Coupe de France, and in their last match, a 0-3 victory over Stade Rennais. Jordan Amavi is out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Mandanda – Sakai, Rami, Abdennour and Bedimo – Anguissa and Gustavo – Thauvin, Lopez and N’Jie – Germain.
RC Strasbourg, on their turn, are in 11st place with 24 points, from 6 victories, 6 draws and 8 defeats, with 24 goals scored and 33 goals conceded. The newly-promoted side managed to hold on to the top tier of French football, they are already out of the Coupe de France, but are still in the battle for the League Cup. For the Ligue 1, the team recently saw a six-game undefeated streak coming to an end by losing both of their two previous matches, and were unable to score a single goal in those two games.
Making things worse, Strasbourg have difficulties in playing away from home, having only won 2 of their 10 away league matches, where they have scored 9 goals and conceded 20 in the process. The team are 5 points above the relegation zone, which makes it important to pick up points at this stage of the season, so they can avoid any pressure on the final matches of the competition.
In their last 5 official matches, RC Strasbourg has a record of 2 victories and 3 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 2-4 defeat against PSG. This result was followed by a 2-1 victory over Toulouse, a 3-0 defeat against Metz, a 3-2 victory against Dijon, for the Coupe de France, and in their last match, a 0-2 defeat against Guingamp. Corgnet and Martín Terrier are both out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Oukidja – Seka, Mangane, Koné and Lala – Grimm, Martin and Goncalves – Bahoken, Saadi and Costa.
Marseille won 1 of their last 3 direct confrontations in the last 10 years, tying the remaining 2.
Ligue 1 2017/18
La Ligue 2007/08
La Ligue 2007/08
At home, Marseille are managing to maintain a great defensive impermeability, while Strasbourg are have been limited in attack on the road, averaging less than a goal scored per match. Marseille have the means to pick up the 3 points here with a comfortable result.