Marseille seemed a bit too superficial last round against Monaco and blew a great opportunity to overtake Lyon in the table (drew 2-2 against Monaco).
They imposed the rhythm, created the best opportunities, but hesitated when applying the finishing touch and were easily surprised on counters.
Still, Marseille are yet to be defeated in 2018, and the goals conceded last round are the first ones this year.
Most probably the game between Metz and Nice last round would have had a different outcome, if Nice wouldn’t have got a red card in the first half (Metz won 2-1). Before the red card Nice were the ones in control and even came close to opening the score a few times.
Regardless the performance last round, Metz clearly improved in 2018. Players are now more confident, and chemistry (a major problem in the first part of the season) also increased.
Marseille welcome back winger Ocampos. There are no changes in Metz’ squad in comparison to last round.
Odds on home win are way too low to even consider a bet. Marseille may easily control this game, but this is a good moment for Metz and they deserve more credit.
Marseille: Pelé, Mandanda – Sakai, Rolando, Bedimo, Abdennour, Bo.Sarr, Rami – Sanson, Luiz Gustavo, M.Lopez, Anguissa – Ocampos, Payet, Mitroglou, Njie, Thauvin, Germain
Metz: Eiji Kawashima, Quentin Beunardeau. – Jonathan Rivierez, Ivan Balliu, Vahid Selimovic, Moussa Niakhaté, Julian Palmieri, Dylan Lempereur. – Georges Mandjeck, Renaud Cohade, Danijel Milicevic, Farid Boulaya, Fallou Diagne, Geronimo Poblete, Florent Mollet – Nolan Roux, Emmanuel Rivière, Ibrahima Niane