Two accurate shots of Lucas Ocamposand one more scored goal by DimitriPayet have ensured to the French Marseille a confident victory over the Spanish Athletic Bilbao in the first home match of the 1/8 finals of the Europa League (3:1). It is obvious that Basques still have certain chances of getting into a quarterfinal. But, nevertheless, one of the grandees of Ligue 1 will go to Bilbao next week as an obvious favorite.
And now the calendar schedule of Marseille proposes us away match of the 29th round of the French championship with Toulouse. In the previous matches against PSG (0:3), Saint-Etienne (2:2) and Nantes (1:1) the team of Rudi Garcia has lost many points and now is behind the main rival (Monaco) in fight for the vice-champion title with 4 points (56 against 60). It is obvious that during the away match with the underdog Toulouse the team will be fighting for the winning points.
Les Violets are still near the relegation zone. And after home defeat in the 25th round during the match against PSG (0:1), Toulouse has gained only three points in three matches against Amiens (0:0), Monaco (3:3) and Metz (1:1).
It is obvious that the home productive draw against the hosts of Municipal stadium Monegasques is the most remarkable. Therefore Marseille can't underestimate the rival in any way.
The meeting of the first circle between Marseille and Toulouse on Velodrome ended with a confident victory of Rudi Garcia's team - 2:0 (Thauvin, Ocampos). And if Marseille, unlike Monaco, will pay due attention to defense of the gates the same result will be quite possible. The nine-time champion of France is considerably higher than the closest rival in a class and level of the game.
Toulouse – 3.70, draw – 3.30, Marseille – 2.20;
to win - odds 2.02 5Dimes