France: Ligue 1
Match start: 21:00 (GMT+2)
According to an old tradition each calendar round of French Ligue 1 has its Sunday match that is held at prime time. To tell the truth this match is not always the most popular one especially at the rounds which precede the matchdays of the Champions League.
This time Monaco and PSG are the first teams to play their meetings of the 9th round. And as a dessert the fans will enjoy the away match in Strasbourg of the 3rd team of the champions’ race.
Marseille (the head coach Rudi Garcia)
Now the team has 16 points (+5=1-2), and is behind two leaders (PSG and Monaco) with 6 and 3 points respectively.
In previous 8th round Marseille has managed to destroy Nice with the score 2:4. The left winger Lucas Ocampos was the author of a double. This match the guests were finishing ten together after sending-off Luis Gustavo at 66th minute. But, nevertheless, Marseille had managed to gain the winning score and earned 3 points.
Strasbourg (the head coach Thierry Laurey)
The closest opponent of one of the historic grandee of French football will become the debutant of Ligue 1. During the last 8 rounds the team of Thierry Laurey had managed to gain only one home victory over Lille (3:0) and is at the very bottom of the tournament bracket.
The team has only 5 points. And behind Strasbourg is situated another underdog Metz (3 points).
So, here we get another classic variant of home match between the underdog and the favorite that is dreaming about the Champions League. The last meeting of the current opponents was held on the 17th of May 2008 in Marseille and finished with the victory of hosts of Vélodrome (4:3). Since then Strasbourg has spent 9 years in the lower divisions. But now the team is one of the main challengers for decrease in a class.
Strasbourg – 4.20, draw – 3.40, Marseille –1.90;
to win - odds 2.0 Pinnacle