The derby of Round 14 in the French Ligue 1 will take place at Stade Vélodrome on Saturday, and here you can see what we prepared in our Marseille vs Monaco Preview.
Marseille Recent Form & Team News
Marseille ended the 13th gameweek of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign four points off top spot, with two games in hand over the remaining teams in the top seven. A five-game winning streak in L1 – the best of any side at present – has put them in the title race, with Marseille scoring exactly twice in one half in three (60%) of those matches.
Aiming to extend their run of two-straight L1 home victories, Les Olympiens may have to keep it tight late on, as they have conceded four of their six home L1 goals after the 70th minute so far this campaign. However, Marseille are without a clean sheet in the last 13 top-flight H2Hs (all venues), their worst such run against a current L1 side.
Player to watch: Marseille’s Florian Thauvin has been the game’s first goalscorer in each of his four goalscoring L1 games this term.
Hot streak: Going against the both teams scoring theme, Marseille have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven home L1 fixtures refereed by Bastien Millot (W6, D1).
Andre Villas-Boas cannot count on Jordan Amavi (muscle) and Nemanja Radonjic (muscle).
Monaco Recent Form & Team News
After a perfect November, which saw them average 3.00 goals per game and outscore opponents at a 4:1 ratio (W4 – GF 12, GA 3), visitors Monaco are enjoying their best start to a new league season (W7, D2, L4) since their title-winning 2016/17 campaign! While this run also saw them keep a first-half clean sheet in 69.23% (nine) of their games, a quick start could be on the cards, considering that the opener has been scored within 30 minutes in five of Monaco’s last six top-flight fixtures.
Despite losing four of their last five L1 road trips, the Monegasque visitors are slight favorites here – a tag they have capitalized upon in two of the three L1 away games entered as such this term (W2, L1). Goals could be a theme in this game, as four of their last five L1 trips this term saw both teams score, as have each of the last eight H2Hs here in Marseille. Despite the potential for goal-related twists, exactly half (ten) of Monaco’s last 20 L1 trips to Marseille have seen matching HT/FT results.
Player to watch: Kevin Volland has averaged one goal per-game across Monaco’s last five top-flight fixtures.
Niko Kovac will be without Benjamin Lecomte (wrist) and Djibril Sidibe (calf). Aleksandr Golovin is questionable to feature due to a muscle injury.
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