Lorient 4.35 Draw 3.45 Marseille 1.84
Marseille are still leaders of Ligue 1 after their convincing win against Nantes at the Stade Vélodrome at the weekend.
They scored two first half goals and then controlled the game pretty easily. Facing Nantes, even at home, was a tricky encounter and it will be the same on Tuesday away at Lorient.
Marseille has a good record there with just one defeat in their last seven trips to Brittany but Lorient are almost fighting for their lives.
After a run of 8 defeats in 9 league games, they have just won their last two which means they climbed out of the bottom three.
They are 15th but have only won 2 matches at home all season so far. They have lost a lot of confidence and this game is coming up a bit too early.
However, they play on artificial pitch at the Stade du Moustoir and Marseille might find it difficult there.
Also, Lorient’s best player, Jordan Ayew, was sold to the club by Marseille last summer and he wants to show his former club what they are missing.
For the leaders though, this is the kind of games they need to win to show their title credentials. The league will be won by either them or PSG and the longer they stay at the top of the table, the better for them.
They will be without Nkoulou on Tuesday evening which is a blow as he has been excellent since the start of the season.
André Ayew and Romain Alessandrini are also out but l’OM have showed amazing ressources in the last few games when they had more players out. Bielsa continues to impress as well as a manager while Florian Thauvin had his best game of the season against Nantes with a goal and an assist.
After three defeats in four games in all competitions at the start of November, Marseille have now won their last two.
Not everything is great as André-Pierre Gignac, their star striker, has only scored once in his last four league games, far from his 10 in 10 at the start of the season.
But still, Marseille will be too strong for Lorient on Tuesday.
Best bet: Marseille to win without conceding at 3.10
Score prediction: Lorient 0-1 Marseille at 7.50