Preview - Marseille vs Amiens 21 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Marseille vs Amiens
Sunday, May 21st, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade VĂ©lodrome

Last five matches form: D L W D L
Average goals per match: 2.11
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (22)

Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Moussa Konaté (12)

Having been humbled by Atletico Madrid in the Europa League in midweek, you couldn't really blame Marseille if they were keen to avoid that competition next season. They will still need Lyon to slip up, but if they are to avoid Europe's second competition, then they simply must win here.

It will likely be a tough task for Marseille to re-motivate themselves following such a bitter disappointment, but Rudi Garcia will have to conjure up some words of wisdom to inspire his deflated troops.

Amiens meanwhile have already achieved what was likely their main objective of the season having comfortably secured their Ligue 1 status in the end.

Marseille head into this fixture with a trio of influential absentees. Dmitri Payet is out injured, whilst keeper Steve Mandanda and defender Adil Rami are both suspended.

The suspended Guessouma Fofana looks like being the only player missing for Amiens.

Marseille utterly dominated the reverse fixture, racking up an impressive 22 shots in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Amiens aren't great travellers overall, but have picked up just a little of late, losing only one of their past five on the road.

Its not beyond the realms of possibility that Lyon will slip up at home against a dangerous Nice outfit, in which case a win for Marseille would see Florian Thauvin's side finish the season on an ultimate high with qualification for the Champions League. Whatever Lyon do on the day, we expect Marseille to at least give themselves a chance with a win here.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 1 Amiens


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  27 - 5
Shots on target: 11 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

Just the one card shown by referee Jerome Brisard in this encounter. Thomas Monconduit being shown the straight red in the 55th minute.

Looking to rebound from the bitter disappointment of that Europa League defeat, it didn't take Marseille too long to get on the scoresheet here. Boubacar Kamara splitting the defence to play in Morgan Sanson after ten minutes. Sanson controlling well in the left hand side of the 18-yard box before blasting over the keeper and into the top right hand corner.

By the end of the 18th minute Marseille's lead had been doubled. Florian Thauvin playing in an excellent ball from the right to find Lucas Ocampos. Ocampos's header was well saved by Regis Gurtner, but Konstantinos Mitroglou was on hand to fire in the rebound from point blank range.

Amiens did get one back before half time. Thomas Monconduit playing in Moussa Konate in the 30th minute. Having just beat the offside trap, Konate fired through the legs of Steve Mandanda to halve the deficit.

That's as good as it got for Amiens though. Being reduced to ten men early in the second half certainly didn't help their cause and Marseille saw this out comfortably enough.

They were always going to need help from Nice if they were to overhaul Lyon on the last day to grab the final Champions League position. In the end, whilst Marseille did their bit in running out comfortable winners here, Lyon weren't in a giving mood today and came from behind to beat Nice.

Fourth place for Marseilles then, which means Europa League football once again next term. Having been beaten in this year's final, can they go one better next time around?

Amiens meanwhile finish where they have been for a while now, namely, plodding around in midtable. 13th place is a respectable effort in the end, being fully eight points clear of the relegation zone.

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