Prematch: Olympique Lyonnais vs Olympique Marseille

Jeffinho has more motivation to win in the Derby des Olympiques this time.

Published: April 22, 2023 17:34


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Ligue 1
23 Apr 20:45

In short

After collecting three consecutive victories, Les Gones will face Olympique de Marseille for a Derby des Olympiques matchup at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Sunday April 23 at Groupama Stadium. They hope to extend their three-game win streak.

Lyon Seeking Fourth Consecutive Win Against Marseille in Ligue 1 Showdown

Lyon secured a 2-1 win against Toulouse last Friday and are unbeaten in five matches, having registered three consecutive victories (DDWWW). They currently sit seventh with 50 points [14W, 8D & 9L]. Five points remain until they could crack into the top five spots. At the weekend, OL will attempt to further tighten their grip on third-place Marseille as they seek any form of European football next season. They have won seven out of the last six home Ligue 1 games against Marseille since November 2007, without falling victim to defeat [7W 6D 0L]. Lyon remains unbeaten against visitors at home for an unprecedented run, which began back in January/February 2021. A win on Sunday could bring four victories consecutively since that point – something not seen since January/February. “At Botafogo I didn’t play much; the equivalent to this OL vs OM game would be Botafogo versus Fulminense,” 23-year-old Brazilian Jeffinho explained during a pre-match press conference. “Now we are more motivated than ever because this match against Marseille will be so significant for us all,” he concluded. Laurent Blanc may deploy a 4–3–3 formation with Lacazette, Rayan Cherki and Barcola in attack – Lacazette having scored his 19th goal for Arsenal against Toulouse last weekend. With four assists under his belt, 31-year-old Mbappe accounts for 47 percent of Lyon’s 49 goals scored and is third highest goal scorer in Ligue 1. Unfortunately for Sael Kumbedi’s, an accumulation of yellow cards precludes him from playing this Saturday’s match against Saint Etienne.

Marseille Clinch Second Place with 3-1 Home Victory Over Troyes

Marseille [DWDDW] returned to winning form this past weekend with a 3-1 home victory over Troyes, garnering 64 points across 19 wins, 7 draws, 7 defeats, 5 goals against, 5 goals against and 5 league losses – moving them into second place after RC Lens lost against PSG at the top-of-the-table clash. Marseille are only one point ahead of third-placed Lens but are looking to tighten their grip on second place with a victory here – an achievement which would mark consecutive wins since February for the Olympians. Once again, having won in the reverse fixture 1-0, another win here would put Marseille into pole position to achieve their first league double over Les Gones since 2007-08. Igor Tudor will likely employ his 3–4-2–1 formation with Vitinha leading their attack as Vitinha netted two against Troyes last time out; however, both Azzedine Ounahi and Amine Harit will miss this weekend’s encounter due to injury concerns.

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