Lyon were a bit disappointing last week away at St Etienne. Sure, they kept possession, moved the ball around, but when it came to creating real scoring opportunities Lyon failed miserably (St Etienne won 1-0).
Attacking players have alternating performances and easily go from extreme to the other. Playmaker Valbuena scored his first goal this year in the midweek Cup game against Chambly (Lyon won 2-0), and hopefully this will be a much needed confidence boost.
Determination will certainly be there since this is a derby, but for Valbuena who played 8 seasons for Marseille this will surely be a special occasion.
Just like in the first part of the season, defensively Lyon are still very vulnerable down the flanks, as fullbacks advance frequently and midfielder Gonalons is often overwhelmed when trying to cover.
This is a good moment for Marseille who are coming after two straight wins, in the league and in the Cup, against difficult opponents (Caen and Montpellier).
Defensively they look better now with fullback Dja Djedje back from injury. He is also extremely active in the attacking phase and even managed to score in the Cup game against Montpellier (Marseille won 2-0).
Attacking wise Marseille are also in good form thanks to striker Batshuayi and winger N’Koudou, who are extremely active and get along perfectly. Marseille may also welcome back key winger Alessandrini who resumed training recently.
Marseille don’t deserve to be such underdogs, no matter the opponent (with the exception of PSG of course…) especially when they are in a good moment. Marseille +0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: Marseille welcome back midfielder Diarra after injury
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Rafael, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel, Jallet, Rose – Darder, Ferri, Tolisso, Gonalons, Grenier, Valbuena, Ghezzal – Kalulu, Lacazette, Cornet
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Sparagna, De Ceglie, Dja Djédjé – Isla, L.Diarra, Romao, L.Silva, Zambo Anguissa, Cabella – Batshuayi, Nkoudou, Rabillard, B.Sarr