Marseille and Lyon Reignite the Southern Derby at the VelodromePublished September 18, 2016 by Florin P
Injury-ridden Lyon takes on fading Marseille (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Marseille took another voyage on the roller coaster that the derby against Nice has turned into over the last couple of years. Winning the Derby of South seems to be increasingly difficult for the former champions. They now have a hard time scoring goals both at home and on the road, after losing a couple of offensive players during the season break.
Seven Players Unfit to Play for Marseille
The injury list is growing longer and most of those that were doubtful are now certain to miss the match against Lyon. The championship has just started, but it’s pretty obvious that Marseille is not going to compete for the title in 2017. Securing a Champions League berth is their only priority and that’s why it is vital not to drop points against counter candidates.
The match against Lyon can be a good opportunity to claim all three points, because the visitors have problems of their own. They play in the Champions League midweek and have several players unfit to compete at 100%. Marseille has become much better at defending narrow margin leads, despite the fact that they suffered a complete meltdown over the weekend.
No Lacazette for Lyon
The visitors will be playing at the Velodrome without their best striker and this is going to hurt them greatly. Lacazette has suffered an injury two weeks ago and is not going to play in any competition. He is their best striker and the footballer that has scored most goals last season as well as in 2016.
With so many injuries, including their most prolific striker, Lyon has to lower its expectations. Under these circumstances, one point would do and this is the result that the visitors will push for on Sunday. Punters enjoy even odds if they bet on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored at bet365 Sports.