Preview - Marseille vs Nice 07 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Marseille vs Nice
Monday, May 7th, 2018
04:05pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Satde VĂ©lodrome

Last five matches form: W W W D L
Average goals per match: 2.09
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (20)

Last five matches form: W D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.31
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Mario Balotelli (15)

Fourth plays seventh on Match Day 36 in Ligue 1 as Marseille welcome Nice to the Stade VĂ©lodrome. Plenty at stake for both sides here as the race for the European places begins to near its conclusion.

Having made the Europa League Final in dramatic style in midweek, Marseille now have two shots at making next seasons Champions League. Firstly, by beating Atletico Madrid in that final, and secondly by overhauling either Lyon or Monaco in Ligue 1. Only one point adrift of Monaco, and two behind Lyon, with three games remaining, that's a far from impossible task, but they do need to keep winning.

For Nice it is the Europa League which is the ultimate goal. Currently sitting seventh, they are just one point adrift of fifth placed Saint-Etienne and will be keen to keep their dream of European football alive here.

Marseille's injury list appears to be easing, with no one definitely ruled out other than the suspended Adil Rami.

Christophe Jallet looks like being the only absentee for Nice.

Nice are unbeaten in five away from home but did struggle to cope with Marseille in the reverse fixture when losing 4-2. With both sides having every incentive to go for the win here, a similarly attacking encounter may be on the cards.

Whilst Nice will be the fresher side having not had to take part in 120 minutes of football in midweek, we still fancy Marseille have enough weapons to just come out on top.

 Prediction: Marseille 3 - 2 Nice


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 18 - 11
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 46% - 54%

Just the one booking for each side here. Referee Antony Gautier taking the names of Boubacar Kamara of Marseille and Mario Balotelli of Nice.

An excellent display from Marseille to come away with the three points, particularly considering their Europa League exertions in midweek.

Behind after just five minutes though, the home side had to do it the hard way.

It was a superb goal from Balotelli which gave the visitors the lead, Receiving the ball in the left-hand side of the box, he beat two defenders whilst working his way to an area around the penalty spot before firing in to the right hand side of the goal.

Marseille were level just eight minutes later though. Dmitri Payet bamboozling the Nice defence down the left-hand side before playing in a wicked low cross towards the near post. Valere Germain arriving to apply the finish from close range.

Having supplied the assist for the equaliser, it was Payet himself who grabbed the winner in the 72nd minute. Clinton Njie working hard to salvage a long ball into the area and as the keeper came out to meet him laying the ball back into the path of Payet who only really had to run the ball into an empty net. 2-1 final score.

With Lyon and Monaco also winning this weekend, Marseille remain in fourth and a point adrift of the Champions League places. All they can do is keep winning their games though and hope for a slip up from one of their rivals in the remaining two fixtures.

Saint-Etienne lost this weekend, but Rennes won to move up into fifth and the final Europa League spot and three points ahead of Nice. With only two games remaining it looks more likely than not that Nice will miss out on European football this season.

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