Ligue 1 Match Preview: Montpellier vs. Marseille

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Updated: April 7, 2014
Montpellier and Marseille

Match Date: 11 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: La Mosson

 

On the verge of veering away from the relegation zone, Montpellier shall use its home court advantage and better team form against Marseille in their upcoming match. Meanwhile, Marseille has no intentions of waving the white flag as it tries to strengthen its bid for the Europa League qualifiers.

 

Marseille and Montpellier can be fairly described as one of the most well-known rivalries in the Ligue 1. Both have its share of 3 victories in their last 6 matches. Therefore, it is only fitting to expect a down the wire match between the 2.

 

Montpellier just nailed a convincing victory against Guingamp, which catapulted their rank to the 13th spot of the table. This also salvaged them from the possibility of engaging into a tough relegation battle as their current position almost ensures them of keeping their Ligue 1 status.

 

Marseille, on the other hand, eyes for a spot in the Europa League. The club will only need 7 points to make it in the said competition and with a little less than 5 matches left, it is still, mathematically possible for the squad to pursue its ambition. But just like the survival battle at the rock bottom part of the table, it will not be a bed of roses for Marseille. Lyon is also keen on qualifying in the said tournament, while Saint Etienne is keeping a tight grip to its current spot.

 

Prediction:  Montpellier

Given the fact that Marseille and Montpellier are leveled when it comes to the number of wins they have during their previous encounters, indeed, it is hard to eliminate the possibility of a draw. However, a closer look at their current team form shows that Montpellier has performed better in its last 6 matches. This is in stark contrast to Marseille. It is for this reason that Montpellier is chosen as the match’s online betting favorite.

 

 

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