Marseille welcome the visitors Amiens SC in the French Ligue 1 – Round 25. The match will be held on Saturday, February, 16th, at the Stade Velodrome (Marseille).
Looks like the hosting Marseille are gradually overcoming the crisis. First time since November, they managed to win in 2 consecutive rounds, and they again compete for top-three. In the last 2 encounters, the team defeated the solid Bordeaux and Dijon who struggle for survival. Well, Marseille featured a bit of luck against the ‘Girondins’, as the latter played in 10 yet after the 20th minute. Anyways, Marseille’s performance was promising as of the very beginning of the clash. Their home record is still great. They featured 6-3-2, and only leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Lille could bring 3 points from the Stade Velodrome. The middle-class teams Reims and Rennes, same as the kicking into gear Monaco, took 1 point from there. The sides of Amiens SC’ caliber – Dijon, Cannes, Guingamp – took the hammerings at the hands of the hosts. All 3 home fixtures against the clear outsiders saw Marseille’s wins by an aggregate scoreline of 8:0.
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In the last round, the visitors were victorious over their rivals Cannes thus breaking their 6-round winless streak. The team left the relegations zone and now can breathe a sigh of relief. Sadly, winning 2 successive rounds is not doable for Amiens – no successful trip to Marseille is expected. The guests take the 16th line with a tally of 21 points of which 13 they gained on their soil. In 12 trips, Amiens’ record is 2-2-8 and the goal difference is 6 to 20. The travelers obviously depend much on their turf. In 6 outings against the table toppers, they registered 5 losses. The only exception was the journey to Saint-Etienne that ended in 0:0. All the matches, but for the outing to Paris, were conceded with less than 4.5 goals produced.
Even though Garcia’s men often fail on the road, they were successful over Amiens in the first-term head-to-head. After the guests’ progression to the elite league, the sides met 3 times, the ‘Blanc-Bleu’ celebrated 3 wins, 3:1, 2:1, and 2:0. So, Amiens may be labelled comfortable for them. The hosts’ main star and creative player Payet is still unwell, but Marseille signed Balotelli who scored his debutant to Dijon and was awarded the best striker of the match. So, he can lead the team to success. Marseille are gathering steam, but we should not expect a hammering, as they are still out of their best form. The hosts’ outclassing win is predicted.
Prediction for the match: Marseille to win & Under 4.5 goals.