Preview - Reims vs Marseille 03 February 19

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Match Day 23
Reims vs. Marseille
Sunday, February 3rd 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade August Delaune

Last five matches form: W D D D W
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Mathieu Cafaro & Rémi Oudin (4)

Last five matches form: D D L W L
Average goals against per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (11)

Marseille's season is now in danger of going into something of a tailspin as a run of poor results and performances has resulted in the European positions now beginning to disappear over the horizon. Now down in eighth, they aren't cut adrift just yet and their next opportunity to get something going comes with this trip to ninth placed Reims on Match Day 23.

There was nothing to split the sides earlier in the season, with Reims picking up a respectable goalless draw at the Stade Vélodrome. Reims won the last clash here 1-0, but that did come back in 2015.

Moussa Doumbia and Ghislain Konan are out for the home side. Marseille meanwhile must do without their two most influential players as Dimitri Payet misses out through injury and Florian Thauvin is suspended. Hiroki Sakai is still away on international duty.

Few sides keep things tight quite so well as Reims in Ligue 1, with only four of their 21 fixtures to date being decided by more than one goal. This has resulted in a lot of draws, but with the main aim being survival it is a strategy which has served them well. They head into this game unbeaten in their last six, and have lost only two of eleven at home in the league this season.

Marseille played pretty well in defeat to Lille last week, but have nevertheless now won only one of their past seven in Ligue 1. They have won only four of eleven on the road, conceding two or more goals on seven occasions.

Shorn of their main playmakers Marseille may struggle to break Reims down and we wouldn't be surprised were the home side to squeeze out the win.

Prediction: Reims 1 - 0 Marseille


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  10 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 37% - 63%

Three bookings at the Stade Auguste Delaune, all for the home side, with referee Francois Letexier taking the names of Alaixys Romao, Tristan Dingome and Remi Oudin.

Marseille did well in terms of possession, but simply weren't able to make enough use of it as the downward trend of their season continued. Big win for Reims against their more illustrious opponents. Matching Marseille on the shot count, their greater efficiency in front of goal and defensive determination won the day.

Reims took the lead in the 21st minute. Good direct burst from Mathieu Cafaro down the left and into the area before playing the ball inside to Tristan Dingome. Dincome turning and rifling a deflected ten-yard finish into the top right corner.

Morgan Sanson came closest for Marseille in the opening period with a cross which clipped the top of the crossbar. 1-0 at the interval.

The second arrived in the 68th minute. Cafaro the provider again, this time with a through ball to Sun Hyuk Jun - who had only been on the field for a matter of seconds. Suk finishing well into the right-hand side of the goal from just inside the area on the left.

Marseille did grab themselves a lifeline when pulling a goal back in the 86th minute. Nice cross from deep on the right from Maxime Lopez and Clinton N'Jie getting on the end of it to head home into the left-hand side from just outside the right corner of the six-yard box. No more than a consolation though. 2-1 final score.

Reims leapfrog Marseille with this win - moving up to seventh spot. Marseille meanwhile continue to slump and now find themselves down in tenth.

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