Preview - Marseille vs Nantes 29 April 19

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Match Day 34
Marseille vs. Nantes
Monday, April 29th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: L D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (13)

Last five matches form: L L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Kalifa Coulibaly (6)

Marseille look like missing out on Champion's League football once again this season, but it is also a very real possibility that they may not even make it into the Europa League. Two points adrift of fourth placed Saint-Étienne with only five games remaining, they will be looking to pick up the three points in this one.

Nantes meanwhile are down in 13th and mid-table obscurity. Judging on recent results though, they at least seem intent on finishing the season on a high, even if they do have very little to play for.

Nantes came out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 3-2 win in their home game. The game here last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Not too much to report on the injury front. Marseille look set to be at full strength whilst Joris Kayembe is the only confirmed absentee for Nantes at this stage.

Marseille have - as ever - been pretty good at home this season in winning ten of 16, and losing just twice - to top two PSG and Lille. They have scored two or more in four of their last five and kept a clean sheet in four of their last six here.

Nantes arrive on their joint best run of the season having won each of their last three in Ligue 1. They did all come at home though. They have won only three of 16 on the road, and have failed to score in eight of their past nine away fixtures.

That away record is too much to ignore here and we see Marseille getting the job done.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 0 Nantes


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  17 - 14
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 65% - 35%

Lucas Ocampos, Dimitri Payet, Mario Balotelli and Luiz Gustavo were all booked for the home side at the Vélodrome, with Charles Traore of Nantes also having his name taken by referee Johann Hamel.

As is generally the case here, it was Marseille who enjoyed the vast majority of possession. They were seriously lacking when it came to a cutting edge though, with a total of just two shots on target from 65% of the ball being a most underwhelming return. Nantes registered three times as many as that from just 35% and probably did just about deserve this.

Both sides flew out of the traps here, with an excellent opportunity in each box inside the opening ninety seconds.

Marseille's defending was calamitous at times in the opening period of the game, and a failure to properly clear their lines resulted in Nantes opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. The ball breaking to Samuel Moutoussamy just outside the area and slightly to the left, and Moutoussamy coolly finishing into the right-hand side.

Marseille were back on level terms just three minutes later. Lucas Ocampos playing a cross in from deep on the right. Mario Balotelli getting in between defender and goalkeeper to finish with a diving header into the near side from around six yards out on the right.

Maxime Dupe produced an excellent save following a deflected header to keep Nantes on level terms headed into the break.

What turned out to be the winner arrived in the 50th minute. A corner from the right being flicked on and stabbed goalward by Andrei from a few yards out to the right. Steve Mandanda made the save but only parried and the ball dropped over the line before he was able to claw it back. 1-2 final score.

A very poor result for Marseille this. Still in fifth place but now five points adrift of a surging Saint-Étienne, with only four games left to play, their season now appears all but certain to end in disappointment. There may well be a few big questions to answer over the summer.

Nantes have no threat of relegation and no prospect of anything else and are free to enjoy a relatively pressure free end to the season. They move up into twelfth spot.

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