Lyon will be looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the Ligue 1 table when they travel to Marseille on Sunday (8pm kick-off UK time).
Rudi Garcia’s men are currently second, three points behind leaders Lille with 12 games left to play, while Marseille sit down in seventh.
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Where to watch Marseille vs Lyon on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: beIN Sports
Scoreline prediction: Marseille 1-3 Lyon
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Marseille vs Lyon build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Marseille are one of the many teams to have led Ligue 1 at some point this season, but after a terrible run of form they are now fighting a losing battle to even qualify for the Champions League. Les Phocéens have won just one of their past nine league games and are now 16 points behind Paris Saint-Germain who currently occupy the final qualification spot. During that run, Marseille have seen Andre Villas-Boas fall out with the board, publicly criticising them and offering his resignation before being sacked. Former Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has finally been brought in to replace Villas-Boas, after six games with Nasser Larguet in temporary charge, but he is not expected to be in the dugout for this clash.
Looking back up the table, Lyon are one of the three teams embroiled in the closest Ligue 1 title race for some time, currently sandwiched between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain. Rudi Garcia’s side have made the most of being without European responsibilities, losing just three times in Ligue 1 though two of those have come in 2021. Bookended by both defeats was a run of four-straight wins in Ligue 1 and Lyon returned to winning ways following a loss to Montpelier, beating Brest 3-2 last weekend. There will also be added pressure on Lyon, as the final of the three title contenders to play.
- Marseille (vs Nantes): Mandanda; Sakai*, Gonzalez, Caleta-Car, Nagatomo; Gueye, Kamara; Khaoui, Payet, Luis Henrique; Dieng.
- Lyon (vs Brest): Lopes; Dubois, Diomande, Denayer, De Sciglio; Bruno Guimaraes, Mendes; Toko Ekambi, Paqueta, Aouar; Depay.
Hiroki Sakai was sent off against Nantes last week so is suspended for Marseille, as is Dario Benedetto; Jordan Amavi suffered another injury set-back while Arkadiusz Milik and Florian Thauvin are doubts. Marcelo is the only absentee for Lyon.
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Players to watch:
- Marseille: If Florian Thauvin isn’t fit to play this weekend, Marseille will be very reliant on Dimitri Payet to try and drag them to a positive result. The Frenchman has been directly involved in seven Ligue 1 goals this season, with only Thauvin (14) managing more among the Marseille squad. To make matters worse for the weekend, Alvaro Gonzalez (four) is the closest player to Payet in the standings available to play, with Benedetto (seven) suspended and Morgan Sanson (five) at Aston Villa. But, a bit of good news for Marseille, Payet has recorded nine assists in his Ligue 1 career against Lyon, his best tally versus a single opponent in the competition.
- Lyon: In the opposing attack, Memphis Depay has recently found his way back onto the scoresheet, at just the right time for Lyon’s title push. The Dutch forward is Ligue 1’s second-highest scorer so far this season with his 14 goals only bettered by Kylian Mbappe (16). However, he recently suffered a four-game run without scoring, his joint-worst streak of the campaign so far. But, in his past three games Depay has scored three goals, netting twice in the 3-0 win over Strasbourg and once against Brest last weekend. Depay hasn’t just been about the goals either, his seven assists are bettered by just two players in Ligue 1 and only Mbappe has been directly involved in more goals this season than the Dutchman’s 21.
Ligue 1 2020/21 recent form:
- Marseille: DWDLD
- Lyon: WLWWW
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