Preview - Troyes vs Marseille 16 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Troyes vs Marseille
Monday, April 16th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de l'Aube

Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 0.78
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Adama Niane (7)

Last five matches form: L W L D W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (16)

A big game for both sides at the Stade de l'Aube on Match Day 33 in Ligue 1 as relegation threatened Troyes play host to Champions League chasing Marseille.

Troyes certainly aren't playing well at present. Hammered by Guingamp last time out, they have won just one of their last 10 in Ligue 1. A total of 1 goal scored in their past seven Ligue 1 outings does not make for particularly encouraging reading either. They will be weakened by the absence of Tristan Dingom through injury and Saif-Eddine Khaoui who is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Now into the last four of the Europa League, Marseille may yet qualify for the Champions League by winning that tournament, however they will be keen to break back into the top three to dispel any doubt. Three points adrift of Lyon and with an inferior goal difference, this is the type of game they simply must be winning if they are to bridge the gap. Steve Mandanda again misses out in goal, whilst Adil Rami is also absent. Florian Thauvin will likely start on the bench and only be called into action if things aren't going to plan.

Plenty at stake here and both sides can be expected to go for it. Marseilles far greater quality in the final third should be enough to see them over the line.

Prediction: Troyes 1 - 2 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 12 - 21
Shots on target: 7 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 35% - 65%

A thrilling encounter at the Stade de l'Aue, with the yellow card count mirroring the final score line. Jimmy Giraudon and Erwin Zelazny the men booked for Troyes, with Marseille's Adil Rami, Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin also having their names taken by referee Sebastien Moreira.

The home side took the lead immediately. Stephane Darbion swinging in an excellent cross from the left to pick out Samuel Grandsir at the far post to produce an excellent header back across goal and into the top corner. All in the very first minute.

Marseille were back on level terms ten minutes later. A clever free kick from Payer playing in Clinton Njie on the right-hand side of the box to finish across the keeper into the bottom left corner. It remained 1-1 until half-time.

Shambolic defending from Marseille handed the lead back to Troyes in the 48th minute. Jordan Amavi losing the ball just outside his own area and allowing Grandsir to race through on goal. His effort was saved but Benjamin Nivet was on hand to slot in the rebound.

Marseille had to wait a bit longer for their equaliser this time. Payet playing the ball to Konstantinos Mitroglou in the 75th minute and the big striker doing well to cut back onto his right foot and fire into the far bottom corner.

Marseille still had time to grab their winner though. A deep cross from Amavi in the 85th minute finding Florian Thauvin lurking at the far post. Thauvin producing a well controlled volley into the bottom corner. 2-3 final score.

A spirited display from Troyes this. They ultimately came away with nothing though and remain second bottom, but just the one point away from safety.

Lyon also won this weekend, keeping Marseille down in fourth and currently out of the Champions League places. With Lyon ad Marseille being level on points though, this race looks like going right down to the wire.

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