Marseille vs Monaco 29/01/2018
Despite very much in form, Marseille won’t fancy this meeting with Monaco. In each of the past four meetings, they have conceded at least four goals to Monaco. 6-1, 4-3, 4-1, 4-0. That’s the last four scorelines going Monaco’s way!
Currently, both teams are drawn in a battle to be second best. Marseille are third on 47 points, while the French principality side are just one position and one point behind. Monaco have a slightly better goal difference though – +29 in comparison to Marseille’s +23.
Marseille have won their last 5 home matches. Defence is key as well with 5 clean sheets in their last 7 home matches.
Florian Thauvin and Valere Germain should both start here after only playing from the bench in their Coupe de France win in midweek.
Kostas Mitroglu is fit again, but will have to settle for a place on the bench.
As for Monaco, Jorge and Adama Diakhaby are both doubts, which could see Almamy Touré and Djibril Sidibé keep their places. Thomas Lemar didn’t feature in midweek but should return to the starting XI here.
Lemar’s return will guarantee the viewing fans a showdown of the teams’ playmakers.
Marseille’s Dimitri Payet is slowly regaining his Euro 2016 form and has laid on more key passes per match than any other player across the five major European leagues this season. Lemar plays the same way as Payet, who is nine years his senior. The Monaco man has two goals and five assists so far.