After defeating Lyon in the Choc des Olympiques, Olympique de Marseille will take on Auxerre this weekend looking to extend their lead at second. Kickoff for this Ligue 1 clash will take place at Stade Velodrome starting at 19:45 (GMT+1).
Olympique Marseille Secure Seventh Consecutive Unbeaten Performance in Ligue 1 with Victory over Olympique Lyon
Olympique Marseille was victorious again in Ligue 1, WDDWW after defeating Olympique Lyon 2-1 last weekend. Cengiz Under opened up the scoring shortly before halftime through Marseille before Alexandre Lacazette [68′] restored parity for Lyon before Malo Gusto [90’+2 O.G] put paid to Lyon’s hopes. As a result, Marseille are now on 67 points (23 Wins, 7 Draws and 5 Losses) after seven consecutive unbeaten performances in Ligue 1. They face Auxerre this Saturday looking to extend this record even further. However, Marseille have only won one of their last six home Ligue 1 games [1W, 3D & 2L]. That victory came against Troyes last Saturday. “Why do we struggle so much at home?” was their message when discussing this fact. “Why can’t we take control of things at our own stadium? “When teams come to the Velodrome, it becomes a special place,” explained Marseille manager Igor Tudor after their most recent home game against newly promoted opposition this season [3W, 0D & 3L]. Tudor have won three straight against Auxerre and remain undefeated against AJA in eight meetings [4W, 4D & 0L]. For their win against Lyon on Wednesday night, Tudor deployed a 3–4–2–1 formation featuring Alexis Sanchez at its center; it is anticipated they will adopt similar formation for Sunday’s matchup against Auxerre. Marseille will be missing Amine Harit and Azzedine Ounahi due to injury; however, Dimitri Payet and Nuno Tavares, who both missed last weekend’s 2-0 win against Les Gones due to illness or suspension are expected to return for this weekend’s matchup.
Auxerre Extend Unbeaten League Streak to Four After Drawing 1-1 Against Lille
Auxerre extended their unbeaten league game streak to four after drawing 1-1 against Lille at last weekend’s LWWWD fixture. M’Baye Niang [62′ P.] converted from the penalty spot to restore parity after Jonathan David [36′ P.] had given Lille the lead from their spot kick earlier on. Auxerre are currently 14th on the table, one point above the bottom four with 33 points from 8 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses over their last 11 league matches [5 wins, 5 draws & 1 loss], having previously suffered 7 consecutive defeats prior to that. Christophe Pelissier will attempt to replicate Tudor’s 3-4-5-2-1 strategy with Niang as his attacker for this visit to Stade Velodrome. Isaak Toure of Auxerre is currently out due to a clause prohibiting him from playing against Marseille as his parent club is on loan to them. Meanwhile, Ionut Radu, Elisha Owusu and Han-Noah Massengo could all return.