Marseille vs Lille
French Ligue 1
Date: Friday, 25 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Orange Velodrome (Marseille).
Marseille finally ended a streak of nine successive matches without a win on Sunday when they dispatched ten-man Caen 0-1 away at Stade Michel d’Ornano.
Morgan Sanson made the difference just after the interval, but we have to mention the Phocians had a huge help from Caen’s right-back Frederic Guilbert who was sent off six minutes into the second half.
Rudi Garcia’s men thus broke back into the top seven in the league ladder. The end of a dreadful thread will certainly raise the spirits ahead of an important home tie with the 2nd-placed Lille.
Backing up the success from Caen will be quite a strong challenge for the hosts who are up against an in-form opposition in the first fixture of the 22nd round in Ligue 1.
Marseille vs Lille: Head-to-head
Marseille will rely on head to head tradition here.
The Phocians have always been a tricky opposition to Lille.
The hosts were unbeaten in nine straight games against Les Dogues before losing this term’s tie 3-0 away at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Marseille dominated this match-up in games at Velodrome where they won 13, drew 5 and lost only 3 of 21 clashes with Lille.
Marseille vs Lille: Prediction
The visitors won four of past five matches in all competitions. They scored a fine five-goal tally in last two league wins over Caen (1-3) and Amiens (2-1). Les Dogues did struggle last weekend against 17th-placed Amiens though.
They got off to a nightmare start conceding the 5th-minute opener, but managed a comeback through goals at the death of each half. Xeka notched the winner five minutes from time, his second goal of the campaign.
Even though Lille head into this in higher spirits, we will back Marseille to continue their dominance in H2H games at Velodrome.
The Phocians had an underwhelming season so far, but they still played well in their own backyard with a record of five, three draws and only one defeat in nine games there.
Marseille vs Lille: Bet Tips
Marseille to win @ 2.10 (11/10)
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10).