France: Ligue 1
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
The central meeting of the 23rd round of the French season was held between Marseille and the defending champion Monaco at Stade Vélodrome. Now both teams are fighting for a vice-champion title and therefore last Sunday match was extremely significant. And though the team of Rudi Garcia hadn’t managed to win over its rival (2:2) but according to the results of the match residents of Provence have kept the current tournament advantage over Monegasques.
Champions race of Ligue 1
During other matches of the 23rd matchday the team of Unai Emery on Park de Princes has ruined Montpellier - 4:0 (Neymar 2, Cavani, Di Maria). And Olympique lyonnais has managed in the capital of Aquitaine to lose to Bordeaux (3:1). As a result of this misfortune of the rival Marseille has evened to Bruno Genesio's team on gathered points:
PSG - 59, Olympique lyonnais - 48, Marseille - 48, Monaco - 47, Nantes - 37...
The forthcoming meeting with the underdog
Now we are waiting for the next 24th round. By old tradition, the only starting match will take place on Friday. And this time one more matchday of the French championship will begin in Marseille with participation of the team of Rudi Garcia and the hopeless underdog from Lorraine, Metz that takes the 20th line.
In twenty three last matches the team has won only five victories (18 points) and for the whole season is the main challenger for class fall.
The last victory of Metz at Stade Vélodrome dated back to August 28, 2004 (1:3). Since then, because of unstable game of the guests in elite league of the French football the current rivals have spent in Marseille only four meetings. And all of them have ended with hosts’ wins - 3:1, 3:1, 3:1 and 1:0.
Quite obvious favorite of the new meeting according to the bookmakers is called Rudi Garcia's team. And here possible victory of the residents from Provence doesn't raise any doubts.
Marseille – 1.25, draw – 5.50, Metz – 12.00;
tip: Marseille (Asian handicap -1.5) - odds 1.83 SBOBET