Montpellier vs Marseille prediction, preview, team news and more
Marseille are back in action with their first Ligue 1 game of the new season this weekend as they face Montpellier on Sunday. The two teams have been quite inconsistent over the past year and need to step up in this game.
Montpellier finished in eighth place in the Ligue 1 standings last season and will want to go further this year. The home side suffered a 1-0 loss to Metz last week and have a point to prove in this game.
Marseille, on the other hand, had a tumultuous campaign last season but have steadily improved under Jorge Sampaoli. The Phocéens have been impressive in recent weeks and will want to make their mark this weekend.
Head to head Montpellier vs Marseille
Marseille have a predictable good record against Montpellier and have won 18 out of 35 games played between the two teams. Montpellier has only won eight victories against Marseille and will want to reduce the deficit on Sunday.
The previous meeting between the two French teams took place earlier this year and ended in a 3-3 draw. Both teams suffered defensive shortcomings that day and will need to be more robust this weekend.
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Montpellier vs Marseille Team News
Jonas Omlin and Pedro Mendes are currently injured for Montpellier and will not be able to play a role in this match. Teji Savanier represented France at the Olympics and is not available for selection.
Injured: Jonas Omlin, Pedro Mendès
Suspended: Florent Mollet
Unavailable: Teji Savanier
Alvaro Gonzalez is currently serving his suspension and will remain unavailable for selection. Arkadiusz Milik is currently injured and will not be able to play against Montpellier.
Injured: Arkadiusz Milik
Suspended: Allvaro González
Montpellier vs Marseille Predicts XI
Montpellier Scheduled XI (4-3-3): Dimitry Bertaud; Mihailo Ristic, Thuler, Mamdou Sakho, Arnaud Souquet; Jordan Ferri, Junior Sambia, Joris Chotard; Stéphy Mavididi, Gaétan Laborde, Andy Delort
Marseille Scheduled XI (3-5-2): Steve Mandanda; Duje Caleta-Car, Leonardo Balerdi, William Saliba; Luis Henrique, Cengiz Under, Valentin Rongier, Matteo Guendouzi, Dimitri Payet; Konrad de la Fuente, Dario Benedetto
Prediction Montpellier vs Marseille
Marseille have signed some important signings this summer and will be aiming for Champions League qualification this season. The likes of Dimitri Payet and Konrad de la Fuente can be fatal on this day and will be determined to find the back of the net this weekend.
Montpellier is perfectly capable of creating a surprise and will want to ramp up on Sunday. Marseille are however the best team on paper and should be able to win this match.
Prediction: Montpellier 1-3 Marseille
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