BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Sunday afternoon, Lille host Marseille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what could be the game of the weekend in Ligue One.
The reigning French champions are still recovering from a massive summer of loss, both on and off the pitch, with the departure of head coach Christophe Galtier to Nice maybe the most impactful. LOSC had struggled for early season results, but the home side look like they are turning the corner after back-to-back wins over Reims and last time out Strasbourg.
Their poor start to the season means that they are in ninth place in the Ligue One table. They are already 13 points behind league leaders PSG.
Although Lille have won their last two home matches in Ligue One, their recent home form has been inconsistent dating back to last season. The fact that they have won just four of their previous ten home league matches illustrates that fact.
OM have made a solid start to their Ligue One campaign and currently sit in the final Champions League qualification berth in the French top-flight. Jorge Sampaoli’s team were unbeaten in the French top-flight this season until a surprise 3-2 home defeat by Lens in their last league outing.
Marseille are four games unbeaten on their travels in Ligue One, having recorded two wins and picked up two draws. Their recent away games in the league have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five games.
Lille look set to be without Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches and winger Jonathan Bamba due to injury. Marseille’s only likely absentee for the clash is midfielder Boubacar Kamara, who could miss out with a thigh issue.
We fancy Lille to continue their recent upturn in form and to record a narrow victory in a relatively tight affair.
PREDICTION – HOME WIN
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