Big Game Focus: Monaco v Olympique Marseille


Monaco host Olympique Marseille in a huge Ligue 1 clash on Sunday night and will be chasing the first win of their season. The visitors have made a promising start to the season and will seek to extend their winning streak to three. Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on Ligue 1 here. 

Since winning Ligue 1 in 2016/2017, Monaco have endured a significant fall from grace. Last season they barely avoided relegation and they are yet to win any of their four Ligue 1 matches this term. Last season they lost their home game against Marseille and Sunday’s game will even be more difficult. They’re chasing their first win of the season but their form is dismal. Can Leonardo Jardim kick start his team’s campaign with a win against Marseille?

Marseille started a new project this season with the appointment of former Chelsea and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas. With two wins, a draw and a loss in their first four Ligue 1 matches, he hasn’t started badly at all. Can they register their third win in a row?

Betting preview

Olympique Marseille have won their last two matches and are unbeaten in three Ligue 1 matches. They also won away at Monaco last season. The hosts are in a poor run of form. They have lost two and drawn two of their four league matches this campaign. For that reason, you can back an Away Double Chance at odds of 1.55.

Both teams have scored in this fixture in the last six matches. Monaco have not kept a clean sheet in all of their four Ligue 1 matches this term while the visitors have kept two clean sheets in four. Therefore, there is logic in backing Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.65. 

Five of the last six matches between these two rivals have seen three or more goals scored. All of Monaco’s four league matches this season have seen Over 2.5 Goals. Marseille’s last away match saw Over 2.5 Goals. That being so, you can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.80. 

Team news

Cesc Fàbregas and Ruben Aguilar are suspended and will miss out for Monaco. Stevan Jovetic is still recovering from a long-term injury and will definitely miss out.

Olympique de Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin will be sidelined until 2020 so will miss the trip to Monaco.

Possible line-ups

Monaco: Lecomte, Maripan, Glik, Badiashile, Martins, Golovin, Silva, Dias, Ballo-Toure, Ben Yedder, Slimani

Marseille: Mandanda, Sakai, Kamara, Gonzalez, Amavi, Lopez, Strootman, Sanson, Sarr, Payet, Benedetto