Preview - Toulouse vs Marseille March 12 2018

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Match Day 29
Toulouse vs Marseille
Monday, March 12th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadium Municipal

Last five matches form: W L D D D
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (6)

Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (16)

Very differing aspirations for these two sides. Both shouldn't be short of motivation though with Toulouse scrapping for their lives to stay out of the relegation zone and Marseille needing to keep their points total ticking over if they are to remain in the box seat for the third Champions League spot.

Toulouse will be without the injured Quentin Boisgard and suspended Andy Delort for this clash. The participation or otherwise of Yaya Sanogo is also yet to be confirmed.

Kostas Mitroglou remains out for Marseille, although star man Florian Thauvin looks set to make the line-up having escaped unscathed from a nasty looking challenge in their midweek Europa Leasgue clash with Athletic Bilbao. Lucas Ocampos put in a strong showing against the Spanish side and will be pushing for a start here.

Other than a predictable away defeat to PSG last time out and an early season annihilation at the hands of Monaco, Marseille have been pretty strong on the road, winning seven times. Again discounting the PSG game, they have scored twice or more in their three most recent away outings. If they are able to repeat that here it should prove to be enough against their struggling hosts.

We do expect Toulouse to get on the scoresheet here, but suspect it won't save them against a Marseille side with Dmitri Payet and Florian Thauvin firing on all cylinders.

Prediction: Toulouse 1 - 2 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 9 - 23
Shots on target: 4 - 9
Corner Kicks: 3 -7
Possession: 37% - 63%

Francois Letexier reached for his cards five times at the Stadium Municipal. Issiaga Sylla and Steeve Yago being booked for Toulouse and Andre Anguissa, Jordan Amavi and Dimitri Payet having their names taken for Marseille.

Marseille certainly got off to a flyer. Lucas Ocampos carrying on where he left off in the Europa League in midweek when latching onto a flicked on cross into the box to crash home at the far post. 0-1 after 10 minutes.

The lead didn't last long though. When the Marseille defence failed to pick up Firmin Mubele Ndombe following an Issiaga Sylla cross from the left in the 18th minute, the forward made them pay, finishing well past an exposed Steve Mandanda.

Not quite fit enough to make the starting line-up, Konstantinos Mitroglou was nevertheless a welcome addition to the Marseille bench. Introduced into proceedings with 12 minutes remaining and the scores level, he had an immediate impact.

Mitroglou played in Dimitri Payet down the right, and when Payet raced to the byline before clipping the ball back into the danger zone it was Mitrogou himself who was on hand to smash in the winner via the underside of the crossbar barely a minute after coming on.

Marseille hold a five point lead over fourth placed Lyon as they continue to occupy the Champions League qualifying round position. Only four points adrift of Monaco in second though, they will have their eyes firmly on finishing second in order to qualify automatically.

Toulouse remain in peril. Now winless in five, they will face far easier assignments than this but need to start turning some of their draws into wins if they are to avoid the dreaded drop. The currently reside in 17th position, just one point above the relegation zone.

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