Lyon vs Marseille / Ligue 1 – At the end of the 18th round of French Ligue 1 we have a great derby between two Olympiques, and the match is spiced up with fact that third-placed Lyon and fourth-positioned Marseille have the same number of points at the moment. Both teams were eliminated from the French League Cup last week, and we need to add that last year Lyon won their league head-to-head played at the and drew away, while Marseille had an upper hand in the French Cup.. Begins: 17.12.2017 – 21:00 CET
It is especially interesting that ahead of this Sunday’s derby a visiting team didn’t win a single out of their last 11 matches, and from that side in Lyon have right to be optimistic. True, Lyon plays variably and out of last five matches they lost even three and won two, and they were defeated away in the Europa League and League Cup. In the French championship they won away Caen and Amiens after losing at home to Lille.
Defeat by Atalanta in the Europa League had not had any consequences since Lyon had earlier reached the knockout phase, but defeat by Montpellier 4-1 in the League Cup war far more surprising, although Lyon has kind of excuse as it played with the 2nd team. Coach Garcia had spared main players for the league match with Marseille, while out of action is only from before injured forward Traore.
Probable lineups Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Tete, Marcelo, Morel, Marcal – Tousart, Aouar – Cornet, Fekir, Depay – Diaz
We have said that guest from southern France were eliminated from the League Cup last week, as they lost away to Rennes after penalty shootout. We need to add that Marseille played without several important players. Before that they won three and drew one match in the league and are still close to positions that lead to the Champions League, given that before this round they have the same number of points like second-placed Monaco and third-positioned Lyon.
On the other hand, Marseille had recently qualified for the knockout phase of Europa League, although they merely drew in the last round with Austrian champion Salzburg, and we can feely say that atmosphere in the locker room is very good ahead of league derby with their namesake from Lyon. On top of it, wingers Thauvin and Payet have fully recovered in the meantime and only lightly injured midfielders Sertic and Kamara will skip the Sunday’s match.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Mandanda – Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi – Lopez, Luiz Gustavo – Thauvin, Sanson, Payet – Germain
Lyon vs Marseille PICK
Given that this is a direct showdown in the race for Champions League we expect very interesting and combative match in Lyon, which should see a nice number of goals.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.60 at William Hill (down to 1.55 can be played)