Even if the winning goal came in the final moments Marseille fully deserved to win last round away at Montpellier (3-2) after dominating the entire encounter.
Forward Khelifa started as a right winger as Thauvin was injured and Payet out-of-form. But Payet was actually the one who scored the winner after entering in second half. His playing appetite was at high levels and surely coach Anigo will prefer him for the game against Lille.
Marseille looked very fresh especially upfront with Valbuena and Gignac being in top form. The problem in defense where they once again gave away many open spaces. In-fact they keep on conceding each round for 7 weeks already. This situation should be really worrying for a club with European ambitions.
Fullback Morel will miss this game through suspension.
Although Lille won with a minimum advantage they dominated the entire game and created many opportunities last round against Valenciennes (finished 1-0). They built actions on all areas of the field, using both long balls and short and fast passes.
Fullbacks Beria and Souare will be back after being suspended last round. Coach Girard will be faced with a tough decision as fullback Sidibe was very active last round and successfully participated in both the defensive and offensive phase.
Motivation is about the same in both sides as the chances for Marseille to catch an European place are similar to Lille’s chances of going directly in Champions League.
At the moment Lille are the ones having a better organization especially in defense. But offensively Marseille have the upper hand as Gignac, Valbuena and Payet are faster and more creative than Kalou or Martin.
This should be an interesting game to watch and maybe offer some valuable live betting options. But in terms of pre game bets it’s pretty difficult to foresee how this game will evolve.
UPDATE: Marseille welcome back winger Thauvin after suspension. Lille’s captain Mavuba will also return after injury.
Marseille: S.Mandanda, B.Samba – So.Diawara, Fanni, L.Mendes, B.Dja Djedje, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou – Imbula, Lemina, Valbuena, Be.Cheyrou, Romao – A.Ayew, Payet, Gignac, Khalifa, Thauvin
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – D.Sidibé, Béria, Kjaer, Basa, Rozehnal, Jeanvier, Souaré, Soumaoro – I.Gueye, Mavuba, Delaplace, Mar.Martin, S.Meïté – S.Kalou, Rodelin, Roux, Origi, R.Mendes, Ruiz