Last round with 10 minutes to go Lille were in the lead away at Toulouse (2-1) while Marseille were 1-0 down on home ground against Monaco. Things changed entirely in only 10 minutes and Lille ended up with no points (lost 3-2) while Marseille got an important victory and are still able to pursue the European dream (won 2-1).
There were a few huge errors in Lille’s defensive phase that were caused mainly by the absences of central defender Kjaer and fullback Corchia. On the right flank 19 years old Pavard was often outplayed by opponents and seems to be overwhelmed by Ligue1 rythm.
Thinks should go back to normal this round as Lille will welcome back both Corchia and Kjaer after suspensions.
Both forwards Boufal and Roux scored last week and are in good form, especially young Boufal who netted 3 times in the last 5 rounds.
Hosts will miss suspended midfielder Gueye.
It was expected for Marseille to mildly dominate last week against Monaco but the 2-1 win came as a surprise. Monaco managed to score after the first action in the game and concentrated fully on defending afterwards. Scoring early diminished their offensive ambitions considerably and Marseille were simply invited to attack.
Marseille made the difference in the final 10 minutes mainly thanks to winger Alessandrini who delivered an assist and also scored a goal.
Because of last round the momentum belongs to Marseille who are more confident now and willing to fight until the last minute for a presence in Europe. The problem is that Lille are extremely organized and the defensive errors from last round were only isolated incidents. On the other hand Marseille are only mediocre in defense and sit exactly in the middle of the table when it comes to goals conceded. Lille DNB at 2.33
UPDATE: Marseille will be without midfielder Lemina
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Corchia, Sidibé, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Pavard – Mavuba, Balmont, Delaplace, Meïté, Traoré, Boufal, Lopes – Roux, Origi, Mendes
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – Andonian, B.Dja Djédjé, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, J.Morel, Nkoulou, Sparagna – Alessandrini, Imbula, Ocampos, Romao, Thauvin – A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac, Payet