Ligue 1 – Olympique de Marseille at home to AC Ajaccio

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Ligue 1 action on Saturday as Marseille and Ajaccio meet at the Orange Velodrome – 5:00pm GMT.

Ajaccio, currently sitting in twentieth place, face the formidable task of an away trip to Marseille, who currently sit second in the League.

It’s 23 points so far for Olympique de Marseille this season, going into this game

Marseille will be eager to return to some kind of winning form, having lost their last game to Angers SCO, which itself followed a draw to Rennes, this fixture could be the opportunity.

Also, Marseille keep finding ways to win, having secured six victories in their last seven games is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. With a second position in the league and 7 wins, 0 losses and 2 draws, they currently have 23 points in the League having won seven fixtures and drawn two matches.

When Marseille host Ajaccio, they will do so on the back of four victories and one draw on their own ground.

Olympique de Marseille will have 26 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Good atacking and defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Marseille have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding five goals in their previous matches. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Ligue 1 season. Marseille have a good scoring record this season, with 19 netted so far. This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Alexis Sanchez (4), Luis Suarez (3), and Nuno Tavares (3).

Marseille are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Igor Tudor is concerned that Saturday’s fixture could see him without three of his key players.

AC Ajaccio under pressure for a result as they go to fancied Olympique de Marseille on Saturday

A loss to Clermont Foot home, and then Brest at away is not good enough to retain a credible run of form in the Ligue 1. Ajaccio will see this as an opportunity to get their season back on track.

Also, the relegation zone is not where Ajaccio want to be at the end of the season, but that is where they are heading, unless they can get out of their losing habit. L’ours have lost six of their last seven meetings in the Ligue 1. Now they have 1 matches won, 7 games lost and 1 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in twentieth place, with a total of four points having won one game, drawn one game, and lost seven fixtures.

Playing away from home, Ajaccio have won one game and lost three matches.

A victory for AC Ajaccio would put them on 7 points.

Ajaccio may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Olympique de Marseille v AC Ajaccio – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Marseille and Ajaccio have faced each other 14 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Marseille’s favour (8 – 4). Also, the Orange Velodrome has proven to be something of a fortress for Marseille, where they have won all last four fixtures. April 2014 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and The Phocaeans took all three points winning 3-1.

Performance Report

For Marseille, Alexis Sanchez has nettedfour goals in nine League matches so far, while Mounaim El Idrissy is a top performing player who has scoredone goal in nine League games this season for Ajaccio.

Other players of note for Marseille are Luis Suarez and Nuno Tavares with three goals and three goals respectively and for Ajaccio are Mounaim El Idrissy and Cyrille Bayala with one goals both.