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Strasbourg vs Marseille - Little to separate Ligue 1 rivals
Midtable Strasbourg tipped to frustrate Marseille’s European chase
Little is expected to seperate Strasbourg and Marseille in Ligue 1 clash (Getty Images)
Strasbourg vs Marseille Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Marseille travel to the Stade de la Meinau for a French Ligue 1 clash against Strasbourg. Both teams enjoy an open style of play and have plenty of quality in attack. They are predicted to produce over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.91 with a draw also tipped at 3.40.
RC Strasbourg Form & Team News
Strasbourg were held to a 0-0 draw at Amiens last time out in Ligue 1. It was a cagey contest with few chances as the visitors could only muster four shots on goal in 90 minutes.
The result means Strasbourg are now winless in their last four matches, although three of those outings have ended in draws. Thierry Laury's men are known for their attacking style and have produced over 2.5 goals in four of their last five Ligue 1 matches.
Ludovic Ajorque has scored four goals in his last eight Ligue 1 matches and should continue in attack. Anthony Goncalves has three goals in five matches and could also be given a start after making a second half appearance at Amiens. Strasbourg are priced at 4.00 to win on Friday with a draw set at odds of 3.40.
Olympique de Marseille Form & Team News
Marseille suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home against Nantes last time out. They fell behind early in the first half with Mario Balotelli netting the equaliser on 25 minutes. They went on to concede the winner five minutes after the restart.
Les Olympiens have been inconsistent all season and head into Friday's clash with two wins and three defeats in their last six matches. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in that run and are priced at 1.91 to win at Strasbourg.
Marseille will be without top scorer Florian Thauvin who is ruled out with an ankle problem. Balotelli is expected to retain his place in attack having scored seven goals in his last 10 Ligue 1 matches.
Strasbourg vs Marseille Head to Head
Marseille have a 10-7 advantage with seven draws from 24 previous matches against Strasbourg. Both teams have seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last four Ligue 1 meetings with Marseille claiming a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture at the Orange Velodrome.
Strasbourg vs Marseille Match Up
Striker Ajorque will be the one to watch for Strasbourg on Friday and alongside Goncalves in midfield, the hosts should have too much for a shaky Marseille defence.
Marseille will look to Balotelli for goals with the Italian striker finding the net seven times in his last 10 matches. His pace and power in attack will be a major weapon for the visitors.
Strasbourg vs Marseille Key Statistics
- Strasbourg have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (Ligue 1).
- Strasbourg have drawn 3 of their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).
- Marseille have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (Ligue 1).
- Marseille are unbeaten in their last 6 matches against Strasbourg (Ligue 1).
Over 2.5 goals is the tip here at 1.91 as Strasbourg and Marseille usually adopt an open and attacking style of play. The hosts have enough quality to earn a draw against Marseille who have been inconsistent lately.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.91 at bet365 – 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.40 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 Draw @ 13.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit
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