Forecast for Montpellier - Marseille
The difficult program for the Montpellier team continues in the first round of the new year 2023 when they host one of the giants of French football - Olympique Marseille.
In the previous round, which resumed the battle in Ligue 1, Romain Pitau's men earned a little-expected but well-deserved 2-0 victory at a tough away game in Lorient.
With this success, Montpellier broke a streak of 7 consecutive championship games without a win, of which 5 losses.
For their part, Marseille hinted at their lofty ambitions with a crushing 6-1 win over Toulouse.
So it will go out again today for a mandatory 3 points.
Moreover, Igor Tudor's formation plays very strongly away this season - 4-1-1 in the last 6 visits.
As the only loss during this period was with a minimal 0-1 at the Parc des Princes against the leader of the ranking PSG.
However, Marseille's defense is not at a particularly high level and they rarely concede goals.
Here's a look - in the last 7 rounds, OM have just one clean sheet against their name.
Maybe they will get one more hit today, but in the end, they will win.
Because I think Olympique is the far more experienced team compared to Montpellier.
Montpellier - statistics and info
According to Montpellier coach Romain Pitau, the break in the championship due to the World Cup has ushered in a new era for his team.
Big words for such a humble team.
But the first match after the resumption of the championship in League 1 was really won by his players 0-2.
And as a guest of Lorien. A team that is in the top half of the Ligue 1 standings.
It was Montpellier's first league win in 8 attempts. Like the other 7 matches in this series were 5 losses and 2 draws.
More importantly in this case, with the 3 points gained from the match, they extended their lead to the relegation zone to 4 points.
Which is important. Because as we know, as many as 4 teams will be eliminated from the elite of French football this year.
It was not only the first win for Montpellier against a team above them in the standings.
But also the first dry net for the last 11 matches in League 1 since the beginning of September.
Marseille - statistics and info
After playing the matches of the 16th round in Ligue 1, Olympique Marseille returned to their coveted 3rd place.
It is important because it is the last position in the table that gives the right to participate in next year's Champions League.
The break in the season has obviously had a positive effect on Igor Tudor's team.
As his players recorded a resounding 6-1 victory at home to a lowly Toulouse side.
Thus, Marseille became one of only five teams in Ligue 1 this season to record a victory with 5+ goals.
In this way, Olympik continued their strong streak from before the break in the championship.
When they won very important derbies against giants Lyon and Monaco.
If they manage to record a 4th consecutive success today, the visitors will continue the chase with Lance who is 2nd 4 points ahead of them.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Omlin; Sacco, Esteve, Julien, Mauassa; Ferry, Leroy; Nordin, Sanier, Mavididi; Wow
Lineups: Lopez; Mbemba, Balerdi, Gigot; Klaus, Gueye, Rongier, Tavares; Under, Paye; Sanchez
Injured: Harith, Guenduzi
Ranking and Form in the league