The French Ligue 1 continues this weekend, with Olympique Marseille hosting champions Lille, which is a good chance of closing in on the Ligue 1 leaders PSG. Marseille have a game in hand and will be hoping to make it count here, being 11 points behind PSG. The hosts have so far garnered 36 points, in third place while Lille are 10th with 28 points. A win will see Marseille leap to second place in the league standings and with a six-game unbeaten run, they’ll be out to keep the fine run. They have five wins in the six matches and four clean sheets. In their last five league matches, they have led at half time in three, with fast starts being a strategy that has worked well for the team lately.
Lille had a poor start to the season but have put their house in order, and going to this game, their only loss in 12 matches came on post match penalties. They are coming from a 2-2 draw with Lens in the French Cup, a game they lost on penalties. One area of key concern for Lille will be their defence, having managed just one clean sheet in their last five matches. In the last two matches alone, they’ve conceded twice in each. While their scoring run isn’t bad, Lille are really struggling at the back; in their last 10 away matches, Lille have conceded in each, while only failing to score in one. They haven’t led at half time in four of their last five matches in the league.
Marseille haven’t done well in this fixture in the last three meetings, but here they go on a good run and will want to shock Lille. They have been taking early leads in their recent matches, and they head to this game on a better form compared to Lille. In their form, we expect Marseille to take a first half lead.