Even if in terms of possession the game between Monaco and Lille last round was very balanced, Monaco clearly lost the battle when it came to efficiency. Lille managed to convert all their chances and easily won 4-1.
Monaco are now third in the table, and most probably the encounter with Lyon will decide who will qualify directly in Champions League. But until that game, Monaco will have to get back on the right track, as they are sitting on two consecutive defeats and the performances in the field are disappointing.
Monaco will have to do without fullbacks Coentrao and Echiejile. Most probably central defender Raggi will play on the flank, and Wallace will take his place in central defense.
Marseille dominated last week against Bordeaux, but offensive players were once again too individualistic and tried to carry all actions by themselves, instead of working with teammates (finished 0-0).
Forward Batshuayi started only on the bench last round, most probably as a punishment for recent performances, but nothing changed in Marseille’s game.
Marseille won only 2 games since the season resumed after the winter break, and by now the morale and confidence are at minimum levels.
Guests will once again miss forward Alessandrini who is suspended.
Even if Monaco have a clear advantage, and odds fully reflect that advantage, neither side can be trusted at the moment. If the first 15 minutes will have a fast paced rythm, a live bet on goals could be valuable.
UPDATE: Hosts will once again miss midfielder Moutinho
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, S.Sy – R.Carvalho, Fabinho, Jemerson, Raggi, Al.Touré, Wallace – Bahlouli, T.Bakayoko, Cavaleiro, H.Costa, Dirar, Lemar, Ber.Silva, Toulalan – Carrillo, L.Traoré, Vagner Love
Marseille: Pelé, S.Mandanda – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Rolando, Ben.Mendy, De Ceglie, B.Dja Djedje – Diaby, L.Silva, Cabella, Barrada, Romao – Ocampos, Fletcher, Nkoudou, Sarr, Batshuayi, Thauvin