Strasbourg vs Marseille by Lucien
As a newly promoted side there is no other target for Strasbourg but to remain safe and away from the relegation battle if possible, but it seems that this task will be quite difficult for them. After eight rounds played, they've got only one victory and are sitting second at the bottom with just two points more than rock bottom placed Metz.
At least a positive sign for them was a point taken last time out, that interrupted their streak of four consecutive defeats, as the side took a point away from home against Dijon, in more than a lucky way actually. Players of Dijon looked way better and deserved the lead via Chang-Hoon in 78th minute, while everything got changed in last seven minutes when the hosts stood playing with a man less and the players of Strasbourg got the equalizer in first minute of additional time via Terrier, just for being better in last few minutes of the match.
Hosts should have no fresh injury worries for this one, since injured defender Dimitri Foulquier didn't perform so far anyway being injured, as well as talented defensive Ismael Aaneba.
Marseille, on the other side, comes in a good mood here, as the team recorded three consecutive victories before this one, coming from a 2:4 victory away from home against Nice last time out. However, must be said that the game itself was very open one and that the final outcome could have been way different on some other day.
Players of Nice entered the match in a great way and had the double lead already in sixteenth minute via Balotelli and Seri, however like they stopped playing the way they did since that moment on. Ocampos reduced the deficit in 26th, with an own goal and Ocampos again bringing Marseille into the lead even before the halftime whistle. Luiz Gustavo surprised the hosts and brought Marseille into the double lead, while the players of Nice continued looking better and having much more of the ball possession, especially in last twenty-five minutes when the guests stood playing with a man less (Luiz Gustavo got excluded), with hosts missing some great chances including a penalty kick wasted.
Defender Aymen Abdennour (1/0) is out injured, while suspended remains midfielder Luiz Gustavo (7/1).
Marseille have climbed up to the upper part of the table and can't afford to lose points in this one. However, Strasbourg remains solid at home generally and coming here from a decent game away to Dijon. Both teams to score and most likely over goals is my choice in this one.