Ligue 1 – Olympique de Marseille – Lille on Match-day 7

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The Orange Velodrome sees Saturday action as Marseille take on Lille – 9:00pm GMT.

Marseille, who will face Lille on Saturday currently sit in second place in the League, four places above their opponents.

This season’s Ligue 1 campaign, has so far seen Olympique de Marseille achieve 16 points

It was a humbling defeat at the hands of Auxerre for Igor Tudor’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.

Also, Marseille’s League position speaks for itself, as The Phocaeans continue their rich vein of winning form. Their last win, was the 4th in a row, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. Now they have 5 matches won, 0 games lost and 1 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in second place, with a total of 16 points having won five meetings and drawn one game.

When Marseille host Lille, they will do so on the back of three wins on their own ground.

Olympique de Marseille will have secured 19 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

Good atacking and defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Marseille have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding three goals in their previous matches. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Ligue 1 season. They have a good scoring average of 13 goals. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Nuno Tavares (3), Alexis Sanchez (3), and Luis Suarez (2).

Igor Tudor could be missing up to one of their players through injury or illness for the game on Saturday.

With the Ligue 1 season well into its stride, Lille have managed to gain 10 points

Paulo Fonseca will have impressed upon his team the importance of getting a positive result out of this game, following two successive defeats. First it was Nice and then Montpellier, however this is something that their opponents will be aware of going into this fixture.

Also, Lille keep finding ways to win, having secured two victories in their last three games is astonishing this season. With a sixth position in the league and 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 draws, they currently have 10 points in the League having won three fixtures, drawn one game, and lost two fixtures.

Lille will travel to Marseille with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with two victories and one draw.

Winning this fixture will see Lille on 13 points.

Good Attacking Performance

Lille have a good scoring record this season, with 13 netted so far. This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Jonathan David (4), Jonathan Bamba (3), and Tiago Djalo (1). Lille’s defensive record in the Ligue 1 has so far been very weak, with 13 goals conceded in their last games. This is an issue that Paulo Fonseca urgently needs to address within the dressing room.

Injury and illness have depleted Paulo Fonseca’s Lille and they will likely be missing two key personnel for Saturday’s match.

Olympique de Marseille v Lille – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Marseille and Lille have faced each other 50 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Marseille’s favour (24 – 14). Also, Marseille are unbeaten in their last eight of the past 14 matches played against Lille. Their most recent encounter in this competition was January 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-1 draw.

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