It took a while for Marseille to get started, and only in December they managed to put together 4 consecutive victories.
They have really impressive potential in the attacking phase, but scored only 1.15 goals per game so far. Winger Alessandrini recovered from injury near the winter break, and didn’t have enough time to pick up form. Playmaker Cabella struggled with injuries, and winger Thauvin and striker Gomis proved to be too individualistic. Only in December Marseille started looking like a team and climbed the Ligue 1 ladder.
Hosts will welcome back striker Gomis, who was suspended for the Cup game against Toulouse last week (Marseille won 2-1 after extra time). On the other hand they will miss forward NJie who is on international duty. Winger Alessandrini, fullback Bedimo and midfielder Diarra will also miss this game.
In the first part of the season Monaco managed to capture worldwide attention. They scored around 3 goals per game (2.94 to be more exact), and that’s not really something you see in today’s professional football. Not even Barca or Real could achieve such a ratio this season.
Forward Falcao scored 11 goals so far, but Monaco can easily get positive results even without him. One of my personal favorites is young winger Lemar, scored 6 goals and delivered 4 assists this season, and his market value simply skyrocketed.
Guests conceded around 1 goal per game so far, but it’s somewhat understandable, since they focus mostly on the attacking phase. Central defender Glik arrived this season, and until now he is one of the best defenders in the tournament. He is extremely solid, and at times it seems impossible to outplay him.
Monaco will miss midfielders Traore and Dirar (African Cup Of Nations), and fullback Mendy who is injured.
This should be a balanced encounter and in the end only personal errors may make the difference. It may be an enjoyable game to watch, but it’s not for betting.
See all the Ligue 1 Betting Tips for this round
Marseille: Pelé, Samba – Doria, Fanni, Kamara, Rekik, Rolando, Sakai – Anguissa, Cabella, Khaoui, Lopez, Machach, Vainqueur – Gomis, Rabillard, Sarr, Thauvin.
Monaco: Subasic, De Sanctis, Badiashile – Diallo, Jemerson, Sidibé, Raggi, Glik, Touré – Fabinho, Boschilia, Moutinho, Silva, Lemar, Bakayako – Falcao, Carrillo, Germain, Jean, Mbappé