Lens – Marseille – Sunday 20.00 GMT
Marseille felt harshly done by the referee last Sunday in the top of the table clash with Lyon at the Stade Vélodrome. There was a lot of controversy in the game with a goal not allowed for the home side and a red card for Morel as well. All week the club has complained against the injustice suffered because of referees’ decisions.
L’OM are still in the title race but a win would have brought them back just a point behind Lyon instead of four which is the case now. They felt robbed but they need to bounce back on Sunday evening away against Lens in Paris! Lens usual play in Amiens during the refurbishment of their stadium but because it is such a massive game, they have moved it to the Stade de France.
Once again, Marcelo Bielsa has some players missing at the back once again with Morel suspended and Nkoulou still out injured. So Baptiste Aloe will keep his place with Rod Fanni and l’OM could come back to a back four. But the Olympiens have their mojo back.
They played really well tactically, technically and physically against Lyon with the intensity that had been missing in recent games. They looked refreshed physically as well, and they had a full week to prepare for this trip to the capital. It is a game they have to win.
They cannot afford to drop points on Sunday. At the time of kick off, they could be seven points behind Lyon and five behind PSG so the pressure will be on them. But they should be able to cope with it. There were a lot of positives from the Lyon result and Bielsa is hoping that the players will keep that momentum going. Lens are second from bottom despite their precious win last weekend against fellow strugglers Toulouse (2-1) but Marseille will take this game very seriously.
Lens are in trouble despite their victory last weekend. They are still a massive seven points behind the first team outside the bottom three and with nine games remaining, they need points urgently. The problem is that they are by far too limited, especially in a big game like this.
In the reverse fixture, they showed some interesting things and were only beaten late in the game (2-1) but recently they have really struggled. However, they will keep fighting until the end.
They have a great team spirit and they have nothing to lose on Sunday. All the pressure will be on Marseille as no one expects the Northerners to get even a draw. So they will try to frustrate l’OM and to take their chances. But I think they will be easily beaten by the visitors.
The odds are in favour of Marseille with an away win at 1.75. A draw is at 3.60 and a Lens home win is at 4.75.
André-Pierre Gignac is favourite to score first at 4.70. My best tip is Marseille to score over 2.5 goals at 3.75.
Score prediction: Lens 0 Marseille 3 at 13.00