Ligue 1 Match Previews: Match Week 32 (Part 1)

Updated: April 1, 2014

Marseille vs. AC Ajaccio

Match Date: 04 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Vélodrome

(Featured image: Marseille | Source: Squawka)


Although Marseille are still without a win in five straight weeks, they still managed to pick up a point as they prevented struggling Sochaux of obtaining a vital win and held them in a draw. Defender Stoppila Sunzu put Sochaux in the lead before the half-hour and the relegation candidates seemed to be on course to their seventh league win of the season until Marseille’s Nicolas N’Koulou rallied late into the match’s last minute and rendered the scoring level at 1-1. The point obtained, despite being only a fraction of the spoils, was important enough for Les Phocéens as it helped them remain within the table’s top six.


In spite of their zealous attempt of adding a fourth league win into their form, Ajaccio still ended up battered in frustration after they only forced a draw against Toulouse. The side showed brisk creativity in the match’s first 34 minutes as Ricardo Faty and Mehdi Mostefa took charge by scoring one goal apiece. But the Toulouse opposition were keen to retaliate which forced Issiaga Sylla and Clement Chantome to fire equalizers. As a result, the match ended with both of the squads dropping two points. This did not help L’ours climb above the table’s foot.


Football betting tip: Marseille could potentially control the exchanges in the opposition’s half.



Paris Saint-Germain vs. Stade de Reims

Match Date: 05 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Parc des Princes


PSG are still reigning supreme atop the Ligue 1 table after securing the victory over Nice. The triumph, however, was not the spectacle one would wish or expect from a championship favorite as it seemed like a brush of luck rather than skill. Laurent Blanc’s men created a bulky amount of scoring chances but none of these were successfully converted. What made them the recipients of the three points was an own goal from Timothee Kolodziejczak. If it was not for it, their six-week consecutive victory would have been axed. They currently have a 13-point advantage over second placers Monaco and are expected to remain in the summit for the next four match weeks.


Although ranking within the top half, Reims are being plagued by a certain degree of inconsistency. The side have yet to earn a victory in four weeks after they only picked up one point from their brawl against Lorient. With 45 points under their belt, they are still miles away from plummeting into the relegation zone but their increasingly unappealing form might cause them some troubles and halt any chance at achieving at least a Europa League appearance.


Sports betting tip: PSG have the upper hand over this fixture.