Preview - Marseille vs Reims 02 December 18

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Match Day 15
Marseille vs. Reims
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.93
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (10)

Last five matches form:  D W W L W
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 0.93
Top Scorer: Xavier Chavalerin, Mathieu Cafaro, Pablo Chavarrio & Rémi Oudin (2)

The Ligue 1 title already looks to be over and done with as PSG are away and gone at the summit. The battle for the Champions League spots is heating up very nicely though with just four points separating second from seventh. Reims are just a little behind that group down in eighth spot but a win this week will put them firmly in the mix. It won't be easy though as they travel to sixth placed Marseille.

Very little to split these two sides last season with Marseille coming out on top 1-0 in this one and Reims wining the reverse fixture by the same score line.

Marseille look to have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to select here with no reported injury concerns. Marvin Martin and Tristan Dingome miss out for the visitors.

Marseille are generally as reliable as they come on home soil, especially when it comes to dispatching sides they are expected to beat. Their only two defeats in their past 23 in Ligue 1 at the Vélodrome having come against PSG and Lyon.

Reims have won just two of their past 14 away from home in Ligue 1 and have already lost at Amiens, Saint-Etienne and PSG this season.

Consistency continues to be the problem for Marseille. Away form is their main problem though and we expect them to get the job done in this one.

Prediction: Marseille 3 - 1 Reims


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  9 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 13 - 1
Possession: 65% - 35%

Maxime Lopez and Florian Thauvin were booked for the home side in this one with referee Nicolas Rainville also taking the name of Mathier Cafaro of Reims.

The home side predictably dominated possession, but they weren't able to do as much with it as the home fans would have expected. A total of five shots on target being pretty low for a Marseille game at the Vélodrome. Most crucially of all of course was the fact that they were unable to convert any of those chances and were forced to settle for a draw in the end.

Marseille were exerting pressure in the first half, but were having to rely on set-pieces for the best of their chances. Adil Rami forcing Eduardo Mendy into a smart stop with a header from a corner, and the keeper then doing even better to get his fingertips to a Dmitri Payet 25 yard free kick.

The second half was much more even, with the away side if anything having the better of the chances. Sheyi Ojo very nearly catching out Steve Mandanda with a free kick from wide on the left, the keeper just getting back to block on the line. Ojo again went close with an effort from range, with his effort going wide. Very little going forward from Marseille in the second half and this one petered out into a draw.

A disappointing result for Marseille who pass up the opportunity to break into the top four. They stay in fifth spot, two points adrift of the top three and those all-important Champions League positions. A solid point on the road for Reims who nevertheless drop down a place into ninth.

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