Ligue 1 Preview: EA Guingamp vs. Marseille

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Updated: August 20, 2014
Marseille-Gignac

Match Date: 23 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade du Roudourou

 

Marseille’s lackluster start should end soon. Known as one of the most competitive squads in Ligue 1, Marseille has not been living the expectations thrown at them. A draw against Bastia, followed by a narrow defeat to Montpellier was far flung characteristics of a club that once dominated the top-flight league.

 

The contenders

EA Guingamp

Guingamp has never won against Marseille in their last 6 matches. Yet, considering at how the latter performs at the moment, Guingamp has the chance to break the curse and score a well-deserved victory.

 

Guingamp opened the season with a 0-2 defeat against Saint Etienne. But it managed to score its dose of 3 points when a last minute rally from Ladislas Douniama scored the winning goal against the newly-promoted Lens. It cannot be denied that with the said victory, Jocelyn Gourvenac and his men will welcome their guest with overwhelming confidence and strength akin to that of a newly-crowned champion.

 

Marseille

As mentioned, a victory is what Marseille needs the most. Its slow start has been limiting their chances of having a stronger finish this season.

 

So far, Marseille has been good at dominating the air whilst creating scoring opportunities. However, the club has not been very good in protecting their lead as shown in their encounter against Bastia.

 

Possible head turners

Gignac will always be a head turner for Marseille. But clearly, many are excited to see Florian Thauvin to contribute in the scoring responsibilities.

 

What the odds say

Marseille remains a strong sports betting favorite, with odds valued at 2.43 in 12BET. However, if problems continue to plague the squad, betting on Guingamp, which has odds pegged at 2.87, is also a good decision.

 

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