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The Ligue 1 game at Stade Vélodrome on Sunday sees home side Marseille prepare for the visit of opponents, FC Lorient.
All Marseille v FC Lorient match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Marseille will be looking for an improved result here after a 2-0 Ligue 1 defeat last time out to Lille.
In that game, Marseille managed 64% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. At the other end, LOSC Lille Métropole had 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Jonathan David (28', 95') was the scorer for Lille.
Fewer than three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Marseille have taken part. Regarding the goal weighting in that period, their opponents scored a total of 6 while Marseille managed a tally of 5. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Going into this encounter, Marseille haven't lost in the league to FC Lorient in their previous 6 games.
Last time out, FC Lorient drew 1-1 in the Ligue 1 tie with Clermont Foot.
In that match, FC Lorient had 46% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Lorient was Julien Laporte (54'). Clermont Foot had 8 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Mohamed Bayo (15') scored for Clermont Foot.
Christophe Pélissier's FC Lorient have turned their attacks into goals 7 times throughout their most recent six matches. The aggregate of goals that have been scored against them during that period equals 5.
Their past results show that FC Lorient:
- have not registered a win against Marseille when they've played them away from home in the last 3 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 away league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 20 league matches. They must be getting so desperate.
Head to head
A study of past results between these clubs stretching back to 18/10/2015 tells us that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for FC Lorient. They have not been able to come away with any wins whatsoever whereas Marseille have just been stronger than them, getting wins in 67 per cent of those matches.
A total of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 12 of them for Les Olympiens and 5 created by Les Merlus. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The last league clash between the two was Ligue 1 match day 33 on 17/04/2021 when it ended Marseille 3-2 FC Lorient.
In that game, Marseille had 73% possession and 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. The goalscorers were Dimitri Payet (53') and Pol Lirola (56', 91').
At the other end, FC Lorient had 12 shots at goal with 6 on target. Terem Moffi (19', 70') was the scorer.
The referee was Hakim Ben El Hadj.
Team News: Marseille
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli to be concerned with due to a largely intact set of players. Dimitri Payet (Calf Problems) will miss out.
Team News: FC Lorient
FC Lorient manager Christophe Pélissier has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Jérémy Morel (Muscle Injury) and Loris Mouyokolo (Sprained Ankle) are not ready for selection.
In our opinion, Marseille look set to create enough chances to score more than one when they play FC Lorient, who will not find it easy to break down their defence.
We reckon that it will be a controlled 2-0 margin for Marseille when all’s said and done.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome (67,394)
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Chairman: Pablo Longoria
Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 5, Europa League (Group E)
🔑 Key Man: Dimitri Payet
Generally played in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion. After making a first senior appearance for Nantes in the 2005 - 2006 season, the dangerous Midfielder has netted 5 league goals in this Ligue 1 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in 5 appearances.