Marseille vs Troyes – Ligue 1 : With PSG strolling through the French Ligue 1 and the title being decided
The big motive of interest is the fight for 2nd place and the access to the Champions League, since there are 3 teams fighting for 2 spots.
For now, Monaco and Lyon seem to have the upper hand over Marseille, because in the head-to-head they have the advantage, besides the 3 points they are ahead of them, but against the remaining teams, Marseille seems to be more consistent.
Until this past weekend’s match against Lyon, Marseille was going through a very positive streak in the league, being unbeaten for 12 matches.
The loss against Lyon had an impact in the team’s morale, but, from managers to players, they’ve said that the best way to deal with that disappointing loss against a rival is to win on the next match.
For this encounter, the manager Rudi Garcia practically repeated the same list of called-up players from that match against Lyon, with only the Brazilian defender Dória being left out.
Troyes was promoted this season to Ligue 1 and they have been working hard to ensure they avoid relegation as soon as possible.
This team has been very competent, namely on their home matches where they obtained 2/3 of the points they have in the league, and equally against opponents that are also in the fight against relegation.
For this match, Troyes’ manager will be able to count with the full roster at his disposal, already having the defensive pillar Hérelle who served his suspension on their last match.
Suk, that already played for FC Porto in Portugal, is the main offensive weapon for the counter-attacking strategy that the visiting side should present.
Marseille: Mandanda, Pele – Sakai, Rolando, Abdennour, Amavi, Rami – Sanson, Luiz Gustavo, Lopez, Zambo Anguissa – Ocamps, Payet, Mitroglu, Njie, Sari, Sarr, Thauvin, Germain.
Troyes: Samassa, Zelazny – Deplagne, Giraudon, Hérelle, Obiang, Traoré, Vizcarrondo – Azamoum, Bellugou, Confais, Darbion, Khaoui, Nivet, Pele – Grandsir, Niane, Suk.
Marseille vs Troyes – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Despite not occupying a safe place on the league table, they are a team that will travel to Marseille relaxed and without much pressure, which can be positive for the visitors,
since they aren’t expected to win this match, which almost worked out well on their recent trip to Monaco, for example, so I believe that Marseille might have more difficulties than it was initially expected.
However, Marseille has been proving to be consistent against teams that are below them on the league table, and I believe they will win this match, with more or less difficulty.