Preview - Marseille vs Caen 08 October 18

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Match Day 9
Marseille vs Caen
Monday, October 7th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade VĂ©lodrome

Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 2.38
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (6)

Last five matches form: W D L D W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Enzo Crivelli, Claudio Beauvue & Yacine Bammou (2)

Marseille are undoubtedly one of the most talented attacking outfits in this league on their day - they are the top scorers in the league headed into this week's games. They have however needed to score so many goals to be in the position they are in as keeping the door shut at the other end of the pitch has proved to be a major issue.

A bit like Marseille Caen have been struggling to string two good performances together. They do at least arrive on the back of a win though having seen off Amiens last weekend. They will also be the fresher side having not been in action in Europe in midweek. They have won just one of their last 13 away Ligue 1 games though, losing nine.

Marseille did the double over Caen last season, winning 2-0 on the road and running right away with this game 5-0.

Jordan Amavi misses out for the home side through suspension. Of more concern though would be the doubt surrounding the availability of key player and top scorer Florian Thauvin. Caen must make do without the injured Romain Genevois and Jonathan Gradit and the suspended Baissama Sankoh.

Whatever their issues overall Marseille do tend to get the job done here at the VĂ©lodrome, having lost just once in their past twenty home games in Ligue 1. The absence of Thauvin would make life tougher, but even without him we see the home side coming away with the points.

Prediction: Marseille 3 - 1 Caen


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  16 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 64% - 36%

Luiz Gustavo, Dimitri Payet and Lucas Ocampos were booked for the home side in this one with referee Benoit Millot also taking the names of Enzo Crivelli, Casimir Ninga, Frederic Guilbert, Paul Baysse and Alexander Djiku of Caen.

Marseille may not be the most consistent of sides overall, but they are pretty reliable on home soil and put in another thoroughly dominant performance here, never really giving Caen a look in.

Marseille were in the ascendancy almost from the very first whistle. Florian Thauvin and Kostas Mitroglou both having decent chances to score and Adil Rami having a big claim for a penalty turned down.

It was Thauvin and Mitroglou who teamed up for the opening goal in the 36th minute. Thauvin cutting in onto his left foot on the right side and lofting a dangerous cross into the area. Mitroglou using the pace on the ball to direct a header past keeper Brice Samba and in.

Thauvin himself grabbed the second on the stroke of half time. Fed the ball by Dimitri Payet outside the area, Thauvin drifted from right to left, allowing the ball to travel across his body before firing right into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.

Caen really should have pulled one back in the second half when Enzo Crivelli had only the keeper to beat from around eight yards dead centre in the area. His effort lacked direction though and Steve Mandanda pulled off the save.

The away side did have the ball in the net following a scramble from a corner, only for the effort to be chalked off for a handball. 2-0 final score.

Marseille move up into third spot with these three points. Caen are down in fifteenth.

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