Bordeaux – Marseille – Sunday 20.00 GMT
The big games keep coming for Marseille. The Olympiens lost to PSG (3-2) last weekend at home in the biggest Classique in years. Two weeks earlier, they could not beat Lyon either (0-0) which means that they are now a bit behind in the title race in third place, four points behind Lyon and five behind PSG.
And they travel to Bordeaux on Sunday evening. Bordeaux are Marseille’s historical rivals as well. There was a massive rivalry between the two clubs in the late 80s and early 90s. And the matches between them are always quite feisty.
More importantly, Marseille cannot afford not to win at the Stade Chaban Delmas on Sunday. With PSG involved in the League Cup final and Lyon only playing Bastia on Wednesday, it is a great opportunity for l’OM to come back a bit on their title rivals. They have not won in Bordeaux for 37 years now!
They are always struggling over there but are determined this weekend to finally break the curse. Nicolas Nkoulou is back from his long spell out injured. He will start at the back. Gianelli Imbula is back from suspension. Marseille really missed him against PSG on Sunday. But now it’s André Ayew’s turn to be suspended for a game after his red card against Paris.
He will be replaced by Ocampos or Alessandrini. At least Marcelo Bielsa has Andre-Pierre Gignac in top form. The striker scored twice against PSG last weekend and will be a threat for the Bordeaux defence. But the home side have been very solid at home this season. They beat PSG last month for example (3-2) after a very convincing performance and Monaco also fell at the Chaban Delmas earlier in the season.
Lyon won easily there (5-0) back in December but it has been an exception this season. Bordeaux, without midfielder Clement Chantome, will make life very difficult for l’OM. Offensively, Rolan is the man in form with four goals in his last four league games.
Kiese Thelin has brought a lot to the team even if he still needs to be more clinical and more decisive. Overall, it is a balanced opposition I think. Marseille will play their usual high pressing game but Bordeaux can hit them on the counter. They will be plenty of goals for sure and I think they will share the points.
The odds are even with a Bordeaux home win at 2.60. A draw is at 3.25 and a Marseille away win is at 2.75.
André-Pierre Gignac is favourite to score first at 5.75. My best tip is over 3.5 goals scored at 3.05.
Score Prediction: Bordeaux 2 Marseille 2 at 12.00