Verdict: Marseille win
Best Odds: 8/11
Looking to make another Ligue 1 statement on Wednesday night, Marseille will welcome a struggling Lyon to the Stade Velodrome.
Starting with the hosts, while Marseille might have found themselves at the heart of a real crisis when opening up the 2023/24 campaign, Gennaro Guttuso’s squad have come roaring back. Breezing their way to the Europa League knockout stage last week as they secured a thrilling 4-3 victory against Dutch giants Ajax, the one-time AC Milan boss should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Likewise, putting in another eye-catching performance over the weekend as they claimed a deserved 2-0 win against Rennes, Les Phoceens have lost just one of their previous seven appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to October 21st. Skyrocketing their way up the Ligue 1 standings and with their sights set on mounting another top-four charge, Marseille should be smelling a golden opportunity here. It should also be noted, along with clinching back-to-back victories at the Stade Velodrome, Sunday’s hosts are yet to suffer a single defeat in front of their own supporters so far this season.
Shown a straight red card against Rennes over the weekend, Marseille will be without former Sheffield United starlet Iliman Ndiaye on Wednesday night. Likewise, dealing with a recent ankle injury since returning from November’s international break, Guttuso is once again sweating over the fitness of 29-year-old Joaquin Correa here.
Enjoying what has been a real free-scoring run this season and now bagging four goals in his previous two appearances over the past week, ex-Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will spearhead Marseille’s charge in midweek.
As for the visitors, continuing on what has been a public Ligue 1 nightmare this season, Lyon remarkably find themselves in a real battle to keep hold of their top-flight status. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny and dealing with issues both on and off the pitch, Les Gones sit rock-bottom of the table and have collected just seven points from their first 13 appearances. Last seen over the weekend putting in another worrying performance as they eventually slumped to a 3-2 loss at the hands of Lens, caretaker boss Pierre Sage has a major job on his hands. Collecting just a single Ligue 1 victory this season, Lyon will be more than aware that they face another huge challenge here. Likewise, suffering a 2-1 defeat when they welcomed Marseille to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais back on April 23rd, Wednesday’s guests have lost back-to-back showdowns against their historic rivals.
Dealing with another inert set-back, Lyon will once again be without the services of one-time Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisson on Wednesday night. Likewise, sustaining a knee injury last month, Les Gones will also be without 21-year-old Johann Lepenant in midweek.
While former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette might have failed to find the net in any of his previous five domestic appearances, the France international will spearhead Lyon’s charge at the Stade Velodrome. Ex-Liverpool star Dejan Lovern will once again start at the heart of Sage’s defence.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides last met back on April 23rd, Marseille picked up a 2-1 victory at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
- Likewise, Wednesday’s hosts have secured back-to-back Ligue 1 wins against Lyon.
- Les Gones have remarkably picked up just seven points from their first 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
- Marseille have not suffered a single competitive defeat in front of their own supporters since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.
- Former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has bagged four goals in back-to-back appearances over the past week.
Really gaining a fearsome reputation for their continued success on home soil, there is no doubt that Marseille will be smelling a golden opportunity here. Breezing their way to the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League and riding a recent wave of momentum, Wednesday’s hosts will be looking to cash in on a Lyon squad who find themselves at the heart of a public Ligue 1 crisis. Sat rock-bottom of the table and with just a single top-flight win to their name, we are backing a home victory here.
Verdict: Marseille win
Best Odds: 8/11
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