Montpellier will host Marseille this Saturday in an empty Stade de la Mosson as both teams seek to go back to winning ways.
The home team who sit in 8th place, having accrued 40 points over the course of the season, are looking to move up higher the Ligue 1 table with a home win. La Paillade have been on a patchy run of form and sit in 15th place on the Ligue 1 form table, having taken just six points from the available 15 in the League.
The visitors meanwhile who sit comfortably in second place are looking to continue an impressive season that has seen them gather 56 points after 28 games. They will be looking to pick up all three points in this encounter to ensure that the season ends on a high note for them.
The host will be without French defender Nicolas Cozza who is out with a knee injury.
André Villas-Boas will remain without midfielder Nemanja Radonjic who is out with a groin injury.
French striker Florian Thauvin remains out with an ankle injury.
Head to Head
In the last five Ligue 1 matches between both sides has ended in three draws and one victory apiece for both teams. The reverse fixture ended in a 1:1 draw.
Der Zakarian Michel’sMichel’s side are in 15th place in the form table after picking up just two wins in their last five Ligue 1 games (W2, L3).
Marseille are 4th placed in the Ligue 1 form guide, having picked up 10 points from the last available 15 in the top flight (W3, D1, L1).
Montpellier’sMontpellier’s last five games in all competitions: LWLLW
Marseille last five games in all competitions: DWLWL
Montpellier’sMontpellier’s 5:0 loss to Rennes last time out made it five games on the bounce where the only one team found the net.
This means the home team’steam’s last five games, five clean sheets have been kept by either team, with two of those clean sheets going to the home team.
Meanwhile, in La Paillade’s last 13 league games at the Stade de la Mosson, they have run out winners ten times, losing only once (W10, D2, L1).
The home team have scored 35 goals this term, making them the joint-8th best team with goals for.
Marseille meanwhile are the joint fourth with Nice for goals in Ligue 1 having scored 41 goals in 28 games.
At the other end of the pitch, only three teams have kept more clean sheets than Andre Villas-Boas team, with the visitors shutting out their opponents on 11 occasions this season in the top-flight.
The visitors go into the game unbeaten in their last eight away games, winning six in that same period, with two draws. The visitors have a knack for shutting out their opponents, having kept a clean sheet in 50% of their away games.
”Les Olympiens’Olympiens’ however, can be sloppy starters on the road, as evidenced by the fact they have conceded over 66% of their away goals this season before half time.
The card happy referee Benoit Bastien will be in charge of the match. The referee averages a massive 5.00 yellow cards this season in Ligue 1.
Marseille to win @ 9/5
Clean sheet for the away team @ 4/5
Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/7