Stadium: Velodrome (Marseille)
Referee: Francois Letexier
Reims: Zenelli, Dukure, Kafaro, Manetzi, Hornby (all – trauma).
Marseille performed unsuccessfully in the Europa League, beating only Lokomotiv in the quartet and earning a ticket to the UEFA Conference League. But the southerners are doing well in Ligue 1, where they settled in second place in the rating with a minimal advantage over Rennes.
In the last round of the championship, Jorge Sampaoli’s squad won an away victory over Strasbourg (2: 0), and in the French Cup, the Provençals easily dealt with the modest Le Cannet (4: 1), although they allowed the opponent to open the score in the match …
“Reims” also noticeably added. The team has three victories in the last four rounds of League 1, which allowed it to climb to 14th place in the standings, and the distance from the direct relegation zone increased to seven points.
In this series, Oscar Garcia’s wards beat Clermont (1: 0), Lyon (2: 1) and Saint-Etienne (2: 0), making a misfire only in the home game against Angers (1: 2 ). But the Reims Cup won the derby against Reims Saint-Anne with a minimum score (1: 0).
Bookmakers are betting on the hosts of this meeting, offering to play W1 for 1.76. The draw is at 3.82, while P2 is quoted at 5.30.
At the same time, in the past five inter-party games, Reims has an advantage, which won two wins against one at Marseille, and twice more rivals shared points in the grassroots games – 1: 1 and 0: 0. I will skip this category of bets.
Reims are now a tough nut to crack, and the guests are unlikely to surrender the match at the Velodrome without a fight. Therefore, in handicaps, the outcome on Away (+1) looks attractive, which goes beyond 1.66.
At the same time, “Marseille” did not beat an opponent in the last three home games. And the southerners were able to take only one Victoria in eight fights with an opponent at home.
Bookmaker experts believe that teams will set a limit on goals scored. You can put balls on TM (2.5) for 1.75, TB (2.5) – 2.25.
Putting aside Marseille’s big cup win, the Southerners have bottom-finished four of their past six home games. Also, the teams did not exceed the bar of two goals scored according to the results of the last four parties at the Provençal stadium.
Forecast and rate
I suppose that the match will turn out to be stubborn – Reims have reliably defended in the past rounds of Ligue 1, and the attack of Marseille has not scored 2+ in the last seven league matches.