High-flying Olympique de Marseille will look to continue their good form when they host Amiens SC at the Stade Velodrome in the Ligue 1 on Friday night.
Marseille Match Form
The Olympians are enjoying a terrific season, especially after finishing 5th last time around. After a stuttering start, Andre Villas-Boas finally cracked the code for his side. This has seen the club climb to second place and strengthen their grip over the past few months.
While a title tilt is literally out of question with Paris Saint-Germain’s vast riches ensuring Thomas Tuchel’s men are 13 points clear with 11 games to go. However, finishing second will ensure Champions League football next season, a worthy target.
Thus, Marseille will look to get as far away from 3rd-placed Rennes as possible. After defeating Nimes 2-3 away in the previous league game, thanks to a spectacular hat-trick by Dario Benedetto, Villas-Boas will look for another 3 points in this one.
Amiens Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Amiens SC are staring at relegation at the moment. Les Licornes are stuck in 19th place at the moment, picking up 22 points from 27 games. They are 9 points clear of Toulouse in 20th, however, more importantly, Luka Elsner’s men trail Nimes by 5 points.
Nimes are currently occupying the relegation play-off spot and are level on points with Dijon in 17th, who are safe as of now. Thus, 5 points is a scalable gap with 33 points left to play for, however, Amiens will have to step up if they wish to secure another season in the top flight.
After losing 1-0 at home to Metz, getting a result at Marseille is definitely a daunting task and Elsner’s men will need a top performance to achieve that.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Florian Thauvin is expected to make a return for the hosts while Nemanja Radonjic and Hiroki Sakai are doubts for the game. Meanwhile, Amiens are expected to be without the services of Prince Gouano and Saman Ghoddos for this game.
Looking at head-to-head, Marseille have won 8 and lost just once in the 9 meetings between the sides. However, that solitary loss came in the reverse fixture this season, with Amiens winning 3-1.
Last Meetings & Marseille vs Amiens Betting Tips
In the last 5 meetings, Marseille have scored 10 to Amien’s 5 and the former can be expected to find the back of the net once again. However, the visitors have been mostly good defensively, with 3 clean sheets in the last 6 games.
Nevertheless, they did concede 4 to PSG a few weeks back. In terms of recent form, Elsner’s men are winless in their last 12 games across all competitions while the hosts have won 15 of their last 16 league games.
Thus, history and form point it to be a no-contest and Villas-Boas’ men can be expected to win comfortably with a clean sheet and score over 2 goals.
Olympique de Marseille Predicted XI: Mandanda; Sarr, Gonzalez, Caleta-Car, Amavi; Kamara, Rongier; Germain, Sanson, Payet; Benedetto
Amiens SC Predicted XI: Gurtner; Jallet, Opoku, Chedjou, Aleesami; Monconduit, Blin; Otero, Kakuta, Diabate; Konate