Marseille 1.25 Draw 5.50 Lens 13.00
For the first time this season, Marseille have lost two games in a row!
After being beaten at Lyon in the League on Sunday (1-0) in one of the clashes of the season so far, they were also knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday evening away at Rennes (2-1) despite taking the lead.
After eight league wins in a row (equalling a club’s record) before their loss at Lyon, they are now back to earth. They were probably unlucky to lose against l’OL last weekend and Marcelo Bielsa rotated his team massively in midweek. Still, it is two defeats and it doesn’t look good.
The big question now is how do Marseille react after those two defeats? Even Bielsa himself admitted on Tuesday that the loss against Lyon was hurting. Marseille and Bielsa took Ligue 1 by storm in the last three months but the players will now have to show character to bounce back.
They host Lens this weekend, and Lens look like the perfect opponent for a reaction. The Argentine manager rested a few key players in midweek (Gignac, Thauvin, Romao) but in both games he was not at his best tactically and defensively. Marseille need to get it right on Sunday evening, just a week before their big clash against PSG in Paris. They need a good result and performance to boost them a bit before the game of the season. They are now four points clear of PSG now and five of Lyon in third.
But Lens will offer a valiant opposition. The promoted side is out of the bottom three (16th) after a great win at Toulouse last weekend (2-0). Antoine Kombouaré has a lot of key players missing, but in Toulouse, his young players delivered.
However, they were too complacent at second division club Creteil in midweek and were knocked out of the League Cup (2-0). So they also need to bunco back. They have nothing to lose in Marseille as no one expects them to even get a point.
They will fight and defend well, as a team. They will make life difficult for Marseille but I still think they will get beaten too.
Best bet: André Pierre Gignac is favourite to score first at 3.30 and my best tip is Marseille to win both halves at 2.80
Score prediction: Marseille 3-0 Lens at 8.00