Marseille vs Lorient Preview: Marseille Displays Full Strength At Home

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Updated: February 20, 2014
Marseille

Online betting favorite, Marseille shall host the struggling Lorient to collect more points and move higher in the Ligue 1 table. The club will most probably capitalize on the strength of their home performance to secure success.

 

Match Date: 22 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Stade Vélodrome

 

Team Form

Marseille

Marseille had to share spoils against Saint Etienne when the latter’s Brandao scored a crucial equalizer, which saw them settle for a 1-1 stalemate.

 

Due to the above-mentioned even steven finish, the club was unable to cut down Saint Etienne’s lead and made their campaign for the European competition during the next season, a bit harder.

 

On a closer look, only a 2-point lead separate Marseille and Saint Etienne, but with the competition getting more intense, Marseille cannot afford to settle for such result as their present form readily lack the spectacle of a high-performing club.

 

Marseille has won thrice, lost once and drew twice within the span of their last six (6) matches. Since they will be playing at Velodrome, which is their very own territory, the club is beset with a golden opportunity to snatch more wins.

 

Lorient

A 3-1 defeat to Toulouse caused Lorient to drop points and rank in the Ligue 1 table.

 

Early into the match, Les Merlus already had a premonition of their impending defeat. Nearly twenty-five (25) minutes have gone by and Alain Traore got booked for a  bad foul. The player already had a warning during their Monaco encounter and unfortunately, he got his second during the battle against Toulouse. Such incident forced them to play with 10 men and of course, missing the player when they face Marseille.

 

Lorient’s current form is far from being impressive. They have managed to accumulate points only through draws and have only delivered a single win  and two (2) losses in their last six (6) matches and these further pressures them to secure more victories.

 

Prediction:  Marseille

As mentioned, Marseille plays the strongest when they are at home. In as much as Les Merlus want to score a victory in Velodrome, their form and the absence of their key player may prohibit them from doing so.

 

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