Preview - Marseille vs Guingamp 17 September 18

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Match Day 5
Olympique Marseille vs Guingamp
Monday, September 17th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Olympique Marseille:   
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.11
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Florian Thauvin (22)

Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.55
Top Scorer 17/18: Yeni N'Gbakoto (3)

Marseille take to the field in the last of the Ligue 1 fixtures on Match Day 5 in a game their fans will be fully expecting them to win.

Guingamp are the visitors to the Stade Velodrome, and having lost their opening four games of the season this is in all likelihood one of the places they would least like to come. It always looked like being a tough start to the season following the departure of not only last seasons top scorer, but also the second and third top scorers too. The early evidence is that the suspicion that this would prove a long season may well prove correct.

Marseille have been far from perfect themselves so far, losing away at new boys Nimes and managing only a draw at home versus Rennes. They did pick up a big win on the road last time out though when winning 3-2 at Monaco, and do continue to look like a side who won't have too much trouble in the goalscoring department.

The sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in Guingamp last season, with Marseille only just edging this fixture 1-0.

The big miss for Marseille is the continued absence of Steve Mandanda in goal. If Guingamp can put replacement Pelé under any kind of pressure  they may nick a goal, but the home side really ought to have too much here.

Prediction: Olympique Marseille 4 - 1 Guingamp


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  13 - 1
Shots on target: 7 - 0
Corner Kicks: 8 - 1
Possession: 59% - 41%

One booking apiece at the Vélodrome. Lucas Ocampos seeing yellow for Marseille and Felix Eboa Eboa of Guingamp also having his name taken by referee Amaury Delerue.

You won't see too many more dominant home performances than this as Marseille brushed aside Guingamp with a four goal second half salvo. The visitors for their part managed just one shot in the game, and none on target.

Despite concerted pressure Marseille were unable to make the breakthrough in the opening period as the Guingamp defence held firm.

It was surely only a matter of time before Guingamp cracked though and the opener duly arrived in the 57th minute. A long throw in from the right eventually making its way to Florian Thauvin - via two flick-ons - who from towards the back corner of the six yard box headed back across goal, over the keeper and into the bottom right corner.

The second arrived in the 73rd minute and it was a stunner from Dimitri Payet. A headed clearance looping high and dropping to the maestro around 22 yards from goal. First time side-foot volley from Payet over the keeper and in.

Thauvin grabbed his second of the game in the 80th minute. Picked out on the right flank on the counter attack, he drifted inside to the right corner of the eighteen yard box before producing a lovely curled finish into the top left.

Three became four just three minutes later. Having broken up play in the centre of the park, the ball was then dinked into Payet in the right side of the area. Payet cut the ball across to Kostas Mitroglou towards the far post who then controlled and finished into the bottom left. 4-0 final score.

Marseille move up to second on the back of this win. For Guingamp that's now five defeats in as many games. They sit rock bottom and are already looking in big trouble.

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