Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Marseille - Montpellier

PICK: Marseille AH -0,5 @1,79 PINNACLE 5/10

Match between 7th and 13th placed team in French Ligue 1 will be played on Stade Vélodrome in Marseille and it will start at 20:45 on Friday.

Marseille lost derby match again Lyon 3-1, which was just a prove that they're still not on the level Rudi Garcia wants them to be. Lyon actually punished their mistakes and that's why win looks so easy (3-1). Doria scored, but he made crucial mistake for 3rd goal of Lyon and they should avoid those kind of situations if they really wants to reach top places. I still believe in OM, I can see big progress of this team and now with Sansone they have another quality midfielder and they're midfield will get stronger. Lopez and specially Thauvin were once again one of most active players of the team and even if OM will succeed to bring Payet back on Velodrome, I think that Thauvin will somehow stay their most dangerous player. Team needs to bounce back after two defeats (Monaco, Lyon).

I was analysing match of Montpellier on last week, and I was on side of underdog - Metz, who actually won 2-0. Montpellier lost important midfielder Sansone, who is now in OM, while Boudebouz and also Ninga are still injured. They are still one of the worst away teams in France, loosing 6 matches in row, also against opponents like Metz, Nantes, Lille, Toulouse, who are not on the level of Marseille in my opinion.

Marseille will be in possession, they will create more chances for sure and everything will depend on how efficient they will be in front of goal. Montpellier scored only one goal through counter-attack this season, so I am not afraid of that fact. Main threat for Montpellier will be Thauvin on right wing, and Montpellier is among the teams who are covering flanks pretty badly and that's why I expect lots of problems on both flanks actually.

FT: 5-1

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