Lille vs Marseille by Lucien
Lille is not having generally good season so far, but the team has improved in previous couple of months without any doubts, since they were deep in the relegation battle at one moment, but now stand at fourteenth position in Ligue 1, having five points more than relegating worried Nancy and if the team continues in the same way, they will avoid any further trouble later on.
The team impressed last weekend, mostly in the second halftime when the players of Lille managed to take all three points in away game against Nancy with a 1:2 result. However, hosts entered the match better and took the lead in 31st minute via Dia, while the visitors responded with way better performance in the remaining of the match and deserved the three pointer with goals frmo De Preville in 63rd minute from a penalty kick and Rony Lopes in 81st, as they dominated almost complete second halftime. Lille will be missing central defender Basa (20/1).
Marseille, on the other side, can't make themselves play good in consecutive matches, but the team still does pretty well at the moment, being at fifth position with five points less than Europa League placed Lyon and coming from three victories in last four rounds, also two consecutive victories in Ligue 1.
They won over Angers in front of own fans with a convincing performance and a 3:0 result. However, it must be said that the players of Angers didn't deserve such a defeat and outcome, since they looked very threatening in attack, but the players of Marseille were very effective in front of opponents goal. Thauvin brought them into the lead in 9th minute, with Cabella doubling up the lead in 20th minute already and Thauvin again sealing the victory in 77th minute. Visitors are set to miss suspended midfielder Vainqueur (21/0), but also defenders Rekik (10/0) and Evra (4/0) as well as midfielder Diaby (2/0).
Lille is doing little better in previous months, but need still to improve in their home matches. Hosts come with a morale boosting performance and result and I definitely see them coming in attacking mood and being threatening here. Marseille remains favorite and with plenty of quality in attack, but they as a team are nowhere to be trusted easily - therefore, my first betting choice will be both teams to score.