Lille host Marseille on Matchday nine of Ligue 1 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The hosts are placed ninth in the league standings with eleven points from eight fixtures so far while the visitors find themselves at third in the table with fourteen points from seven games so far. Lille are not anywhere close to the side that won Ligue 1 in the previous season. New head coach Jocelyn Gourvennec have not managed to get a grip on his side. Lille have been defensively struggling in the current season. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last three fixtures across all competitions. Lille might have registered two consecutive wins in Ligue 1 against Strasbourg and Stade de Reims, bug it does not really reflect Lille’s overall mediocrity in the current season. They have just managed three wins in their last six fixtures across all competitions. Lille also come into the Marseille fixture with a 2-1 defeat to Salzburg in the Champions League.
Contrary to Lille’s lack of consistency, Marseille have been on a fine run of form in the new season. They travel to Lille on the back of a goalless draw at home against Galatasaray. Marseille have lost just a single game in nine fixtures across all competitions in the current season. They have been defensively resolute and managed to keep three clean sheets in their last fixtures in Ligue 1. Their only defeat in the season was to Lens at home with a 3-2 scoreline. Lille came on top when the two teams met back in March at Stade Pierre-Mauroy with a 2-0 scoreline but both the teams are very different in the current season.
Lille have been a shadow of the side which won Ligue 1 in the previous season. They have struggled defensively and have been highly inconsistent when it comes to winning games in the current season. Marseille have been defensively resolute and have barely lost games in the current season. We are backing Marseille to win this fixture.