Preview - Marseille vs Lyon March 19 2018

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Match Day 30
Marseille vs Lyon
Monday, March 19th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade VĂ©lodrome

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

Lyon:
Last five matches form: L D W W L
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Nabil Fekir and Mariano (16)

If this one lives up to expectations we could be in for a real cracker at the Stade Velodrome this weekend, as two of the most entertaining sides in Ligue 1 lock horns with plenty on the line.

Marseille and Lyon have enjoyed remarkably similar campaigns to date with the pair having identical for and against totals in the goals columns. Marseille have so far translated those goals into five more points putting them in that all important third Champions League spot. A win for the visitors here though would close that gap to just two points with eight games to play.

The biggest relief for the home fans ahead of this encounter is that star man and top scorer, Florian Thauvin, is fully expected to make the starting line-up following the knock picked up in the Europa League.

The news isn't so good for Lyon though with 16 goal Nabil Fakir not expected to return in time. In Mariano they still possess an in-form striker with the Dominican front man having hit three goals in his last five games, but will it be enough?

This is a big game for both sides and the worst possible time for Lyon to be without their star player. They just don't seem to tick quite so well without Fekir in the line-up and with Marseille's Thauvin playing the best football of his career we will be taking Marseille to effectively end Lyon's Champions League dreams here.

 Prediction: Marseille 3 - 1 Lyon

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 10 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 58% - 42%

The total bookings for either side mirrored the final score here. Florian Thauvin and Konstantinos Mitroglou booked for the home side and Rafael, Mariano Diaz and Memphis Depay being shown yellow for Lyon.

In a game with a lot on the line, particularly for the visitors, it was Marseille who broke the deadlock in the 31st minute. A free kick floated to the back post was headed back across goal by Adil Rami, falling to the feet of Rolando who made enough contact to see the ball across the line. 1-0.

11 minutes later Rami added a goal to his assist. Unfortunately the goal came at the wrong end. A whipped in ball from the right causing chaos in the Marseille defence. Rami got the last touch from the resultant pinball in the box and the ball crossed the line. 1-1 at the break.

Seven minutes into the second half Lyon took the lad for the first time. Bertrand Traoré finding Houssem Aouer on the edge of the box. Cool as you like, Aouar curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Lovely finish.

1-2 it stayed until six minutes from time. More pinball, this time in the Lyon box with the ball dropping kindly for Mitroglou to nod over Anthony Lopes and in.

There was still time for a winner though and it was Lyon who grabbed it. When a long ball was flicked on into the box, it was substitute Memphis Depay who beat Rolando to the ball to head across a helpless Steve Mandanda and into the far corner for the 90th minute winner. Depay got a bloodied eye in addition to a booking for his celebration, but we don't expect he cares too much.

This was really a game Lyon could not afford to lose in the race for the third Champions League spot. To come away with all three points is therefore a massive result. Whilst this win may swing the momentum in Lyon's favour, Marseille do remain two points clear of todays conquerors and therefore have their destiny in their own hands despite this defeat.

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