Marseille hosts Lens in round 9 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 20th at Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
Marseille hired Villas-Boas last season, and it was curious that the Portuguese himself asked for the position. And he justified the confidence, having managed to return the team to the group of leaders. But this year is not nearly as good for the Olympians. And the point is not only in the workload in the Champions League, where Marseille updated the anti-record for defeats. Moreover, then the club was good in the local arena. However, there has been a sharp decline since mid-December. In the last 6 rounds, the Olympians managed to gain only one victory over Montpellier and earned only five points. On January 16, they lost to Nimes at home. Eliasson scored a double at the beginning of the 2nd half, and Benedetto responded only with a consolation goal in the 85th minute.
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Lens fought for the return to the French football elite for quite a long time. But the club managed to win the coveted ticket only in 2020, although you shouldn’t forget that the French championship was suspended ahead of schedule. Nevertheless, Franck Haise's charges look enough combat-ready at a new level. They have already scored 28 points in 19 matches and are holding above the equator of the standings. Gael Kakuta recalled that he was once the most promising football player and was lured away by Chelsea. The experienced midfielder has already scored eight goals (though most of them were scored from the penalty spot) and made four assists. However, the player of the DR Congo national team (he had such experience) and his partners have slowed down recently. Suffice it to say that after the New Year, there have been no victories so far. It was not a shame to lose to Lyon (3-2), but then there were home 0-1 with Strasbourg and only a 1-1 draw with Nantes. And Kakuta upset the Canaries only 10 minutes before the final whistle.
Lens managed to gain only one draw in the last six head-to-head meetings. Moreover, Marseille won four times in a row. Both clubs are not in their best shape right now. Therefore, their game is unlikely to be spectacular and rich in goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored