Angers vs Olympique Marseille Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Inspired by four consecutive wins, including a midweek victory over RB Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, Marseille head to Angers where Rudi Garcia’s men must chase the three points if they want to remain maximally involved in battle for top 3 positioning.
Angers returns at home after a 0-2 loss in Toulouse, which was preceded by two consecutive 1-1 draws (vs Strasbourg and Nice) and a 3-0 win over Caen, all at home turf. Thus Stéphane Moulin’s men are 14th in the Ligue 1 standings with 37 points, having 8 points over 18th-placed Troyes. That’s a very good lead just four rounds before end of the French Ligue 1 season and although they might need more points to guarantee their survival even theoretically, hosts Angers can be calm for now.
Marseille is in serious contention with the teams of Monaco and Lyon for the two remaining Champions League spots. However, Olympique Marseille have another alternative to play Champions League football next season and this may come through the UEFA Europa League, where Marseille looks one step closer to the final near Lyon, after a 2-0 win over RB Salzburg last Thursday. The 2-0 success over Salzburg has been preceded by three more victories (two in Ligue 1, one in the EL quarter-finals) so Marseille apparently founds in a superb form.
Considering that Lyon and Monaco have home games, which are very likely to be won, on Saturday afternoon, we believe that Marseille must chase the three points in Angers and Rudi Garcia has enough potential in his squad.
Les Olympiens are capable to win in Angers – our betting prediction is backing the away side. Besides, Marseille have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches in the Ligue 1, winning five of them, as the only defeat was in Paris – 0-3 to PSG.
Angers, on the other hand, is a really inconsistent team and hosts have many potential absentees, which surely is an additional issue for the home team coach.
Possible Starting Lineups of Angers and Olympique Marseille
Venue: “Stade Raymond-Kopa”, Angers.
Referee: Nicolas Rainville.
Angers SCO: Ludovic Butelle – Abdoulaye Bamba, Mateo Pavlovic, Ismaël Traoré, Vincent Manceau – Baptiste Santamaría – Flavien Tait, Prince Oniangué, Thomas Mangani, Gilles Sunu – Karl Toko Ekambi. (4-1-4-1)
Missing players – Romain Thomas, Yoann Andreu, Angelo Fulgini, Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, Billy Ketkeophomphone and Baptiste Guillaume are all questionable.
Olympique Marseille: Yohann Pele – Bouna Sarr, Adil Rami, Rolando, Jordan Amavi – Andre Zambo Anguissa, Luiz Gustavo – Florian Thauvin, Morgan Sanson, Clinton N’Jie – Valere Germain. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Steve Mandanda is injured, Hiroki Sakai and Boubcar Kamara are both doubful.
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