Preview - Guingamp vs Marseille 21 April 19

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Apr 20, 2019, 08:43 AM Last Edit: Apr 23, 2019, 12:37 AM by Harry85
Match Day 33
Guingamp vs. Marseille
Sunday, April 21st 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade du Roudourou

Last five matches form: L W L D D
Average goals per match: 0.72
Average goals against per match: 1.78
Top Scorer: Marcus Thuram ( 8 )

Last five matches form: W L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (13)

Eight points adrift of safety with only six games left to play, Guingamp look to be in terminal trouble. Lying only four points behind third bottom Dijon though, they do have a realistic chance of at least achieving a relegation playoff - if that is, they can start putting some points on the board. Next up it's this home clash with Marseille.

Marseille's Champion's League dream looks to have slipped away for another year now, but they are only two points adrift of fourth placed Saint-Étienne, and so do still have the Europa League in sight.

The sides played out a 3-3 thriller in the game here last season. Marseille were comfortable 4-0 winners at the Vélodrome in the reverse of this fixture earlier in the current campaign.

Guingamp look to have a fully fit squad from which to select. No injuries for Marseille but Mario Balotelli misses out through suspension.

Guingamp have won only three of sixteen at home this season, but are unbeaten in their last four here, including 1-0 wins over Angers and Dijon. Having scored more than once in only 2 of those 16 games, it is clear where their problems lie.

With only five wins in 16 on the road, it is Marseille's away form which has let them down once again this season. They have failed to score in only 3 of 16 though and boast the significantly greater goal threat of the sides here.

Guingamp need this more, but that lack of potency up front may mean they have to settle for a point against a Marseille outfit who aren't anything like the same force away from the Vélodrome.

Prediction: Guingamp 1 - 1 Marseille


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  9 - 15
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%

Mehdi Meghem and Jeremy Sorbon were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Mikael Lesage also taking the names of Florian Thauvin, Morgan Sanson and Lucas Ocampos of Marseille.

They certainly haven't been the most reliable of sides of late, but to be fair to Marseille they did turn up here. Ahead in possession and shots their greater quality was evident from very early in the game and today they made it count to pick up a deserved three points.

It took Marseille just four minutes to break the deadlock. Dmitri Payet swinging in a cross from the right to be met by Luiz Gustavo. His header was blocked but fell straight back to his feet, leaving him with the simple task of firing in from six yards.

The second arrived five minutes before the break. Nice work from Florian Thauvin on the right and an excellent cross to pick out Lucas Ocampos arriving at the far post. Ocampos planting a header into the bottom right corner.

The home side got themselves back into the game eleven minutes into the second half. Mehdi Merghem making space for a cross down the right but not looking to get much on it. No matter though, as Yeni N'Gbakoto nipped in front of everyone including the keeper a couple of yards in front of the near post and hooked in from a tight angle.

The hosts were then robbed when an effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar and well over the line but somehow wasn't given.

Marseille did regain their two-goal cushion, but not until the first minute of stoppage time. Kevin Strootman's long ball over the top picking out Valere Germain who did well to hold off his marker before finishing superbly into the top right corner from around 14 yards out to the right-hand side. 1-3 final score.

Eight points adrift of safety with only five games left to play, it is beginning to look as though Guingamp are going to need a miracle in order to survive now. Marseille still look up against it in the race for the Champion's league, still having five points to make up on Lyon. They are only two points adrift of fifth placed Saint-Étienne though, so may yet make the Europa League.

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