Marseille comes from quite easy and fully deserved 2:0 victory away from home against Metz last weekend. They completely imposed their style and rhythm against the opponent, side that looked very passive, were limited to a defensive role and generally seemed to be very tired on the field and didn’t threaten at all during the ninety minutes.
Team of coach Bielsa returned to winning ways with that victory, after four consecutive defeats and a total of five matches without three pointer. During that period the side has lost the title battle, but not only that, the team is now forced to struggle in order to get and secure the Europa League ticket, while they are five points below Champions League placed Monaco. This game now comes as a finale for them, as the players can bounce back in Champions League ticket race, but also go deeper into problems regarding European exit overall. Hosts will be missing important defender/defensive midfielder Brice Dja Djedje (32/0) and midfielder Lucas Ocampos (27/3) who plays on loan from Monaco and isn’t eligible to play now.
Monaco, on the other hand, comes from a 4:1 victory at home against Toulouse last weekend. The team actually struggled in the first halftime, but managed to pull out the 2:1 lead (goals from Silva and Martial), while they showed touch of class in next halftime and sealed the victory easy thanks to goals from Moutinho and Germain.
It was a fully deserved victory for Monaco, as coach Jardin puts very high standards but this time didn’t want to hesitate saying that he was entirely satisfied this time, especially after his players didn’t play up to the level and their real possibilities in the first halftime. Atmosphere has now improved in Monaco, as the Portuguese technician earned respect of everyone in the club and now only needs to secure the third position and second consecutive participation in Champions League. Midfielder Nabil Dirar (25/2) is the only absentee worry for the visiting side, as he remains suspended this time. Surely, their roster is quality enough to fill the gap.
Open game is expected here with more goals than the bookies predict. Marseille has no other option but to play fully attacking in front of own crowd, while Monaco surely won’t stay without a proper reply, especially since they are in more than fine form and are scoring with ease.
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