Marseille v Lyon – Stade Vélodrome at 20:00 GMT+1 live at BT Sport
Marseille’s miserable campaign is coming to a close. Les Olympiens will miss out on qualification for European football following a disastrously inconsistent season that’s seen L’OM slide to 12 Ligue 1 defeats and slip eight points adrift of Champions League qualification with three games to play.
Head coach Rudi Garcia has been a dead man walking for many weeks now and a collection of the club’s senior players have downed tools. Despite the speculation, the current boss continues to plan for 2019/20, looking at pre-season schedules and drawing up ideas on recruitment.
Nevertheless, it’s almost impossible to see how Rudi Garcia can remain in situ after overseeing the on-field downturn. Marseille are riddled by a lack of leadership from the top brass, right down to the playing staff and the team’s lack of backbone has been exposed all too often.
Goals appeal at the prices
Change is desperately needed around L’OM with a dying project and a patchy squad. The fallen giants are easily opposed again on Sunday night when Lyon arrive at the Stade Velodrome, although a smarter selection could be to support a high-scoring contest on the coast this weekend.
Over 2.75 Goals is trading at 1.73 and holds plenty of appeal. Marseille have only twice fired blanks in Ligue 1 since the November international break and the hosts have also failed to score just twice in front of their expectant home supporters in 2018/19.
Five of Marseille’s last seven showdowns have seen the Over 2.75 Goals selection provide profit, as well as six of L’OM’s eight encounters with teams above them in the league standings. Meanwhile, visitors Lyon have followed suit in seven of their nine meetings with top five teams in France this season.
Lyon aiming for the Champions League
Last weekend’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Lille was the 10th occasion in 13 outings that Lyon’s games featured at least three goals. The result leaves Les Gones tied in a terrific battle with regional rivals Sainte Etienne for the third and final Champions League qualification berth with only a point separating the sides.
Bruno Genesio’s boys have dropped plenty of points when travelling to Ligue 1’s elite this season, although Lyon have shown their class at home and on the continent on numerous occasions, suggesting they’re well capable of hurting Marseille on Sunday night, whilst also contributing to an enjoyable encounter.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.730
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.