Ligue 1 – Olympique de Marseille face RC Lens

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Saturday Ligue 1 action from the Orange Velodrome, as Marseille take on Lens.

Lens (third), travel to the Orange Velodrome with high expectations, as they take on fourth placed Marseille.

Olympique de Marseille’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 23 points this season

Marseille will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in their last fixture.

Also, Marseille keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 11 matches is astonishing this season. With 23 points (7W, 2L and 2D), they are established in fourth position in the League having won seven fixtures, drawn two games, and lost two meetings.

Marseille have won four meetings, drawn one game, and lost one game of their six League matches at home this season.

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

Good atacking and defensive team

Marseille have conceded eight goals so far, so their defence can be considered to be strong. Marseille have a good scoring record this season, with 20 netted so far (19 from open play and one penalty). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Alexis Sanchez (4), Luis Suarez (3), and Nuno Tavares (3).

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

RC Lens arrive at this game, having secured 24 points so far this season

Can Lens make it three out of three, having turned over Montpellier 1-0 and Lille 1-0 in their last two games?

Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 11 fixtures is astonishing this season. With a third position in the league and 7 wins, 1 losses and 3 draws, they currently have 24 points in the League having won seven meetings, drawn three matches, and lost one game.

Lens will travel to Marseille with a win record on the road that is quite unremarkable, with one win, three draws, and one defeats.

A win in this fixture, would take RC Lens’s points from 24 to 27, so far this season.

Good atacking and defensive team

It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Lens have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with eight goals in their previous fixtures. This has been a good season so far for Lens, in terms of goals scored (18). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Florian Sotoca (6), Lois Openda (4), and Wesley Said (3).

Injury and illness have depleted Franck Haise’s Lens and they will likely be missing three key personnel for Saturday’s match.

Olympique de Marseille v RC Lens – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Marseille and Lens have faced each other 39 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Marseille’s favour (17 – 14). In addition, home advantage has clearly been a huge positive factor for Marseille in this fixture, as they have not lost to Lens on the last three meetings. In their most recent meeting of this fixture RC Lens secured a 0-2 away win.

Performance Report

For Marseille, Alexis Sanchez, one of their best scorers, has nettedfour goals in 11 League matches this Ligue 1 Season, while Florian Sotoca is a top performing player who has scoredsix goals in 11 League games this campaign for Lens.

Other standout players for Marseille are Luis Suarez and Nuno Tavares with three goals and three goals respectively and for Lens are Lois Openda and Wesley Said with four goals and three goals respectively.