Marseille versus Lyon: battle for bronze

Marseille versus Lyon: battle for bronze

Marseille and Lyon will meet in the Olympique derby at Stade Velodrome within the 30th round of the French Ligue 1.

During the course of the current season, Marseille and Lyon shifted each other in turns on the third position of the championship’s tournament table. Sometimes Monaco were involved in the process. However, the acting champions of France had a series of victories, which allowed the Monegasques to secure themselves the second place with a seven-point handicap over Marseille.

As for the Olympians, Rudy Garcia’s team played more stable than their opponents. Marseille’s losses are objectively substantiated. From January until February the team had a series of 12 matches without losses in all tournaments and after that the Phocians had a downturn.

Marseille lost to Braga in the Europa League and then were defeated twice, 3:0, by Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, Garcia managed to restore balance in the team and his footballers advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals and also defeated Toulouse in the last match of the championship.

Lyon are having a more difficult season than the irreconcilable opponents. Les Gones often lost points in the matches with average teams and outsiders, leading during the course of a match. However, they skillfully took care of the opponents, higher in tournament table.

This season Genesio’s team defeated PSG due to a successful substitute entrance  of Memphis Depay, defeated Marseille and Monaco in the first half of the season, later eliminating the Monegasques from the Cup of France.

The third position for both teams is a stimulus to win the upcoming match. If Marseille have an opportunity to with the Europa League and get into the Champions League, Leg Gones have already lost that chance. Les Gones, as they are called by their supporters, didn’t hold the advantage in the match against CSKA. The team lost at home 2:3 and said goodbye to the opportunity to play the final at their native stadium.

Bookmakers are on Marseille’s side in the forthcoming Olympique derby, a more stable team of the season. The odds on the Southerners’ victory are 1.90, 3.60 on a draw and on the guests’ victory – 4.00. The fact, that the team has not lost for 17 consecutive domestic matches in the all tournaments had a strong influence on operators’ opinion in favor of Marseille. The last time Lyon won at Velodrome was way back in 2012 and that point in the statistics will most likely not be updated. For now, Marseille naturally occupy the third position in Ligue 1 and will unlikely end up lower.