Olympique Marseille – AS Monaco/ Ligue 1 – Match between Marseille and Monaco in one of most interesting matches of the first round of second part of French championship but situation in the table is totally surprising. Marseille is sixth and can be said that it fans expected more, but then what to say about Monaco, which is the penultimate and has half the number of points than its hosts. Still, Monaco did make better results lately, while Marseille won in Monaco 3-2 at the beginning of season.
Begins 13.01.2019 at 21:00 CET
Marseille played badly in the first half of season on all fronts. That is why all what is left in the second half is the league since they were eliminated from the Europa League after a dreadful performances, and both French Cups. They didn’t win in last three league rounds and in total it is seven-game winless streak. Elimination from the French Cup by sixth-division team was definitely a shameful moment and now they have to recover from the shock. Rami and Mitroglou are questionable for this match, H. Sakai is definitely out of action as he is with Japan national team right now.
Probable lineups Olimpique Marseille: Mandanda – Sarr, Kamara, Rolando, Amavi – Sanson, Strootman, Luiz Gustavo – Thauvin, Payet, Germain
Monaco was a true disaster in the first half of the season when their path toward Europe has ended, but unlike their hosts they did manage to stay in the French Cup and League Cup, where they also had dramatic moments against Rennes. They went further thanks to better execution of penalties and will play in the semi-finals; however, their performances in the league continue to be reason for great concern. They are next-to-last and safety is if five points up, so every following match is very important, starting with this one. Large number of Monaco’s players is injured, while Golovin is suspended. They have brought two new players; Naldo and Fabregas who will stay on the bench for the time being.
Probable lineups AS Monaco: Subasic – Henrichs, Glik, Mukinayi, Serrano – Grandsir, Tielemans, Bennasser, R. Lopes – Falcao, Sylla
Olympique Marseille – AS Monaco PICK
Marseille is a favourite if we consider the whole season; however, the team doesn’t play well right now and is undergoing a serious crisis. Monaco struggles from the beginning, although they play a bit better recently and can score at the Velodrome.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.72 at 888sport (down to 1.62 can be played)
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