Ligue 1 Betting: In-form Duo Lyon & Marseille Set To Contest A Classic


Lyon 2.50, draw 3.25, Marseille 2.75 – Sunday 19.00 GMT

This is the game of the weekend in France. The two most in-form teams of the moment, the leaders Marseille travel to fourth place Lyon on Sunday evening.

They are the two best attacks in the league. Marseille have won their last eight league games, equalling the club’s record. They can go one better this weekend, but in 1998, when they already achieved a same winning run, Lyon stopped their series. Marcelo Bielsa and his players will do everything to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

They are irresistible at the moment. Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored 10 goals in 10 Ligue 1 games this season, they are strong defensively and are almost unstoppable offensively. Their confidence is high, their momentum is high too and in Bielsa they have a world class manager who can win the game by himself, almost. They are the big favourites in this game but they will have to be very careful against this Lyon side.

L’OL are also unstoppable at the moment. They thrashed Montpellier 5-1 at home last Sunday and are unbeaten in their last six games now. They are back in fourth in the table after turning their season around. They owe it mostly to their young players. Alexandre Lacazette is in great form. He has eight goals in Ligue 1 now this season but he is nicely helped by Fekir (4 goals) while Njie is crucial coming off the bench and Ferri is a key player with his engine in midfield.

The return to full fitness and to form of Yoann Gourcuff is a massive boost too. They have found a right balance in their 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield and they have a lot of qualities that could trouble Marseille.

There are always goals between those two at the Stade Gerland: 5-5 in 2009, 3-2 in 2010, 2-2 last season and it will be the same this weekend. I don’t think Marseille will be beaten but they will drop points by only getting a draw in Lyon.

André Pierre Gignac is favourite to score first at 4.90 and my best tip is over 3.5 goals scored at 2.90.

Score prediction: Lyon 2 Marseille 2 at 11.50

 

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