Lyon v Marseille Preview

December 14, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new France Ligue 1 action Sunday Night comes from the Municipal de Gerland featuring Lyon versus Marseille.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Lyon v Marseille Preview, Ligue 1, Sunday 15th December 2013

Lyon have been experiencing some great results in the Europa League this season and have just won their group with ease. There last game against Vitoria Guimaraes nearly ended as a loss after the home side went in front just after 10 minutes with a Tomane effort. This result could of seen them come 2nd and potentially progress if Real Betis lost or drew. But two Lyon goals midway through the 2nd half see to their exit after a Gomis spot kick leveled the game before Ferri fired them in front three minutes later to end the game 2 – 1. To ease the heart ache a little Real Betis did in fact actually win their game against Rijeka so would of finished 2nd regardless.

Marseille are coming into this match on the end of 3 back to back defeats which has knocked their confidence for six in recent weeks. With a their last win coming at home at the end of November they have yet to taste any success in December and will be looking to rectify that come Sunday night. They are sitting 5th in the table and 4 points above Lyon who are themselves in 10th position in the French Ligue 1. We have seen PSG, Monaco and Lille race ahead and if Marseille hold any hope of catching the leading three then they will need to dig deep and pull out a win on Sunday.

Lyon v Marseille Team News

Lyon Team News:

Lyon are with0ut a handful of players for this game with the more recent being Mouhamdou Dabo with a knee injury which he picked up in November and is looking likely to return at the end of next week. We also have Jimmy Briand missing with his hamstring and then Steed Malbranque out with issues with his calf that was picked up in the draw against Toulouse.

Marseille Team News:

Marseille are without suspended Jacques Romao who picked up too many yellow cards in the recent weeks. As for injuries Marseille are missing Mathieu Valbuena until the new year due to a dislocated shoulder he picked up in the game against Lille and then the last to complete our trio is Andre Ayew who injured his knee in training back in November and will unlikely play any games until the end of January.

Lyon v Marseille Head to Head Statistics

In the past we have seen these two French sides meet 38 times and have Lyon coming out on top with 16 wins to Marseilles 9. Which you could say would give them the advantage, but looking at recent years we have seen Marseille become a better team but right now have been struggling with form with one too many loses as of late.

10/03/13 LI1 Lyon – Marseille
0 : 0
28/11/12 LI1 Marseille – Lyon
1 : 4
14/04/12 CDL Lyon – Marseille 0 : 1 E
05/02/12 LI1 Marseille – Lyon 2 : 2
18/09/11 LI1 Lyon 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

Lyon v Marseille Recent Form (Left to Right)

Lyon: W W D L W

Marseille: L L L W L

With taking in account of the last 5 games we can clearly see Lyon are the team in better form here, but we also must consider the teams Marseille have come up against with having played two Champions League matches which include current English Premiership leaders Arsenal and also last years Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund.

Lyon v Marseille Match Betting Odds Market.

Lyon are favourites for this game with being at home and in better form lately, with the best odds coming in @ 5/4 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

The Draw could well be an option here with 13 of the 38 games played between these two sides ending as such, and we have the best odds coming in @ 9/4 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Marseille are a team who are doing okay in the Ligue 1 right now but have only won 4 times away from home to Lyon, which shows in the best of the bookmakers odds @ 13/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

Lyon v Marseille Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Although Lyon sit below Marseille in the French Ligue 1 you can see they are in far better form lately and with being at home are the more likely to grind out a result on Sunday. In the past we have seen these two draw far too many times so that result could also be on the cards if Marseille do decide to regain some confidence lost in recent weeks. With coming into this game against a side who have fared better results in many of their past meetings I can’t help but worry for Marseille.

So as for a couple of predictions we can go a few different ways for Sundays game, one could be for the draw which is a very popular option right now. Or we could go for a Lyon win and for both teams to score on the day which is showing some respectable odds. The other I am going for is a current TEAM SPECIAL with Ladbrokes and could prove to be an option considering these two teams many past results. That is for a draw and under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match on Sunday.

The Verdict

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