Preview - Marseille vs Lille 26 January 19

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Match Day 22
Marseille vs. Lille
Saturday, January 26th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: L D D L W
Average goals per match: 1.65
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (11)

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Nicolas Pépé

The sad events surrounding Emiliano Sala have certainly put things in perspective in Ligue 1 this week. The action continues nevertheless with the opening fixture of the weekend taking place at the Stade Vélodrome as seventh placed Marseille play host to second placed Lille.

The past two matches between these sides have been very one-sided affairs. Lille winning the reverse of this fixture 3-0 earlier in the season, and Marseille coming out well on top in a 5-1 rout in this game last year.

Key man Dmitri Payet will be on the side-lines for Marseille in this one. The home side must also do without the suspended duo of Morgan Sanson and Lucas Ocampos as well as Hiroki Sakai who is away on international duty. Lille look to have the luxury of a fully fit from which to select.

One of the three Champion's League positions was no doubt Marseille's main objective this season, and whilst the aren't out of it just yet, a run of only one win in six has seen them slump to seventh in the standings and needing to get their act together quickly. Having lost just the once at home this season, they will be looking to their games here at the Vélodrome to get themselves back on track.

Lille's away form has been a little mixed with five wins and four defeats from their ten fixtures to date. They do arrive here on a good run though having won their last three on the road - scoring three in each of their last two.

This looks set up nicely for Lille. Marseille are a side who like to go on the front foot at home and Lille are a side ideally suited to playing on the counter - with the pace of Nicolas Pépé in particular being a big threat. Marseille don't lose many at home, but they may just struggle here.

Prediction: Marseille 1 - 2 Lille


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  14 - 9
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%

Boubacar Kamara, Kevin Strootman, Luiz Gustavo, Nemanja Radonjic and Rolando were booked for the home side, whose cause wasn't helped by the dismissal of Florian Thauvin in the 67th minute. Adama Soumaoro, Rafael Leao and Xeka of Lille also had their names taken by referee Amaury Delerue.

Lille were comprehensively outshot by Marseille, but that was always likely to be the case against a side who invariably play on the front foot here at the Vélodrome. They were however more efficient with the chances they did have and picked up another big win to keep their excellent season rolling along.

Marseille actually had the ball in the net first here, only for Nemanja Radonjic's effort to be chalked off due to a player in an offside position un-sighting the goalkeeper.

It was Lille who then legitimately took the lead in the third minute of first half stoppage time. Terrible tackle from Luiz Gustavo on Zeki Celik in the area seeing the referee point to the spot. Nicolas Pépé finishing into the bottom left. 0-1 at the break.

The second half was delayed substantially due to an unsavoury incident involving a flare, but the players did eventually come back out.

It took until the 94th minute for the second goal of the game though, and it was again Lille and Pépé who grabbed it. A lightning quick counter ending with Jonathan Ikone finding Pépé in the area around twelve yards out. The frontman finishing low under the keeper.

Still time for a Marseille consolation in the 96th minute.  Mario Balotelli getting on the end of a corner from the left to plant an eight-yard header into the top left. 1-2 final score.

Another blow for Marseille in what is rapidly turning into a most disappointing season. They slip down to eighth and are now a yawning nine points adrift of the Champion's League positions. Big win on the road for Lille who continue to be next best behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain. They stay second and seven points clear of fourth placed Saint-Etienne in the battle for the top three.

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