The duel involving two teams that are in contention for the Ligue 1 runners-up closes this Sunday, January 28, the twenty-third round of the 2017/2018 French Championship season. At the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, Olympique welcomes Monaco. The kickoff is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Olympique Marseille
The Marseille team managed on Tuesday, January 23, their fourth consecutive victory. With a reserve team, he defeated, as a visitor, the Epinal, in a match for the French Cup, thus keeping in the fight for the trophy.
He repeated his success against Caen in the previous round of Ligue 1, also as a visitor, when he reached the 47 points (14 wins, five draws and three losses). They held the third position, one point behind Lyon, the runner-up, and Monaco (14 wins, four draws and four losses) in fourth place.
In addition to four successive victories, Olympique completed five games without conceding a goal. Showing a great evolution in the work of the technician Rudi Garcia, often criticized for not offering defensive security to the teams he runs.
For the classic this Sunday, the coach has two medical problems to manage. They are in injury treatment defender Jordan Amavi (15 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and midfielder Gregory Sertic (four games, no goal).
The current form of Monaco
Monaco did not have the same happiness in the French Cup. He was defeated at home by Lyon, 3-2, and was eliminated from the tournament. He also lost an unbeaten record of nine games (seven wins and two draws).
Faced with a stronger rival, coach Leonardo Jardim was not able to spare athletes. He put in the field the best team that had the disposition and must repeat a very close formation this Sunday.
He faces five bruising problems. Three of them are from athletes who are considered starters. In this group are the Brazilian defenders Jemerson (19 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, two goals) and Jorge (18 games, one goal); and striker Adama Diakhaby (14 games, two goals). The evolution of the treatment offered by the medical department will determine if they will be able to perform this Sunday.
Also in the ward are defender Julien Serrano (without performances) and midfielder Traore Adama (three games, three goals).
There are also concerns regarding midfielder Thomas Lemar (16 games, two goals). The 22-year-old is one of the highlights of the club, but was not even related to the match against Lyon. As it does not figure in the relationship of injuries, it is believed that it was an attitude of caution of the coach to avoid further injury in the athlete, who has already suffered two injuries in the current season that, added, almost two months off the field.
History of the bouts between Marseille and Monaco
Monaco have not been beaten by the Marseille team for six games. He won four of those games and drew two. In the first round of the current season of Ligue 1, at home, the monegascos applied a thrashing of 6 to 1.
The recent evolution of the defensive system of Olympique and the home factor make the Marseille team is pointed out as the best guessing option for the clash that ends on Sunday the 23rd round of the French Championship. The price is 1.83 on Bet365. Tie gives return of 3.60 for each real invested. Monaco’s success pays 4.20 per 1. Quotes were in effect at 14:31 on 1/25/2017.
Our Prediction: DRAW @ 1.83