- Marseille welcome in-form Lyon to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday
- The hosts are 20 points off league leaders Lille, while Lyon are in second spot and heavily in the title race
- Get our odds, preview, and best bet for this clash below
Marseille will be looking to improve on their dismal form on Sunday, February 28th, kick-off 3pm ET as they take on Lyon. Just two wins out of their last 13 Ligue 1 appearances is certainly concerning for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Rudi Garcia’s Lyon continues to impress, already collecting 55 points through their first 26 games. That’s the club’s best tally at this stage since their 2006-07 season where Les Gones won the title.
Marseille vs Lyon Ligue 1 Odds
|Marseille vs Lyon||OM +0.5 (+123) | OL -0.5 (-152)||OM +370 | OL -150 | DRAW +300||Ov 2.5 (-150) | Un 2.5 (+120)|
Marseille Desperately Need a Result
The hosts will be hoping their recent shakeup of managers can help them find success after a dreadful season to this point. Marseille suspended Andre Villas-Boas on February 2nd for his comments about the club’s transfer policy and by no surprise, he was sacked on Friday.
Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli has taken over, while owner Frank McCourt also fired president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, who was a hated figure among fans. He was replaced with sporting director Pablo Longoria.
Frank McCourt announces major changes, opening a new chapter for Olympique de Marseille.
— Olympique de Marseille 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@OM_English) February 26, 2021
With the bad blood supposedly gone and an experienced gaffer coming in, the hope is that a turn in form could be right around the corner for the Olympians. After finishing as runners-up to PSG last term when the French Government shut down league play due to COVID-19, Marseille finds themselves currently in seventh spot. They’re a whole 20 points off league-leaders Lille and have a goal difference of just four.
Both of these next two fixtures for Sampaoli’s side will be extremely tough, with Lille right up after this Lyon clash. Matchday 26 saw Marseille put forward another underwhelming performance, grabbing just a point in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Nantes.
They’ve also had little to no luck against Lyon, winning just two of the last 20 against their Ligue 1 rivals. On home soil, Marseille has also secured only one victory in their previous six appearances against Garcia’s men. Leading goal-getter Florian Thauvin is also injured and doubtful to feature, which is certainly going to hurt their effectiveness on the attack.
Lyon Firing on All Cylinders
After making a heroic run to the Champions League Semifinals last season, Lyon sure looks determined to get back in Europe after missing out in 2020-21. The club finished in seventh place last term, practically trading places with Marseille currently.
It’s been a brilliant year to this point. They’re two points shy of Lille for top spot, losing just twice in their last 23 appearances. Round 26 wasn’t the most convincing performance for Lyon though, barely scratching by 12th-place Brest with a 3-2 victory. Lucas Paqueta, Houssem Aouar, and Memphis Depay fired their side ahead by three at half, but a shaky defensive display allowed their opponents to score twice in the second period.
Three points on Sunday against Marseille is going to be vital for Lyon, considering PSG are right on their shirttails in third, just a point behind. The French champions are taking on last place Dijon in which a victory is more than likely.
— Olympique Lyonnais 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@OL_English) February 26, 2021
Aside from Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon has the most goals in Ligue 1, bagging 54 in 26 matches. Their well-rounded attack has been extremely consistent, with Memphis Depay scoring 14 times and providing seven assists, while strike partner Karl Toko Ekambi has netted 11 goals and also assisted another five.
Marseille vs Lyon Key Stats
|10-8-7 (7th in Ligue 1)||Standing||16-7-3 (2nd in Ligue 1)|
|1-3-1||Form in Last Five Matches||4-0-1|
It’s going to be extremely tough to bet against Lyon here. This match is crucial to keep PSG behind them and for their title hopes. I think a new manager coming in is going to do a lot for Marseille, but it’ll take time.
Jorge Sampaoli’s first two games in charge are tough and considering just how impressive Lyon has been lately, especially on the road against their Matchday 27 opponents, they’re a safe bet to secure the three points. Expect Memphis Depay to also find the back of the net as he continues to climb up the scoring charts.
Pick: Lyon to Win by 2 (+390), Memphis Depay to Score (+116)
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