Preview - Lille vs Marseille 01 October 18

Started by Harry85, Sep 30, 2018, 03:14 AM

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Match Day 8
Lille vs Marseille
Monday, October 1st, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match:0.86
Top Scorer: Nicolas Pépé (4)

Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.71
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (6)

Ligue 1 saves one of the best until last on Match Day 8 with this big clash at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy as Lille play host to Marseille.

Whatever people might say about this current Marseille side, they certainly aren't boring to watch, with Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet often worth the entry fee alone such has been their quality in the final third this season. It hasn't been quite so good at the other end but that is partly down to Marseilles default strategy being to come out on top in a high scoring shoot out. Their seven games in Ligue 1 to date have averaged 4.57 goals.

Lille are on something of a hot streak in front of their own fans having won each of their last five at home in Ligue 1.

Marseille did the double over Lille last season, thumping Les Dogues 5-1 at home and winning this fixture 1-0.

Suspensions look set to take a toll on each side here. Adama Soumaoro being out for the host's, and Jordan Amavi and Duje Caleta-Car missing out for the visitors. Marseille also may face problems in the heart of their defence with both Adil Rami and Rolando rated as doubtful ahead of this one.

With both teams having scored in five of Lille's last six home games, and Marseille seeming intent on throwing caution to the wind of late, this one should be well worth tuning into. Marseille have more weapons and may just edge it.

Prediction: Lille 2 - 3 Marseille


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  10 - 5
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 54% - 46%

Xeka was booked for the home side. Referee Mikael Lesage also taking the names of Lucas Ocampos, Steve Mandanda and Luiz Gustavo of Marseille.

This game looked as though it could go either way for a long time. Evenly poised headed into the last 25 minutes and still locked at 0-0, events then conspired against Marseille. In fairness to Lille though they probably had just about edged the match up until that point and came away as deserved winners in the end.

Not much to shout about in the first half, with the only real half chances coming through speculative efforts from range.

The opening goal came in the 65th minute. Nicolas Pepe doing well on the ball but taking a heavy touch in the area, Steve Mandanda racing off his line to come and meet the forward but bringing him down. Pepe himself stepped up to convert the spot kick into the left hand side.

In the 86th minute Pepe went flying into the box again as Lille hit Marseille on the counter, and again he was sent crashing to the turf, this time by Rolando. Penalty kick number two. And Goal number two. Jonathan Bamba this time beating Mandanda to the right.

Still time for Lille to rub salt into the wound in the 89th minute. Nice work between Rafael Leão and Fode Ballo-Toure on the left, with the latter then showing good strength to hold off his marker and play a low ball across goal for Bamba to tap in his second goal of the evening. 3-0 final score.

A big win for Lille who now move up to second. Marseille drop down to fifth.

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