Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Olympique Marseille will look to stay in the Champions League berth when they face Clermont on Saturday evening. OM failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Nice, but they are still seen as favourites to beat Les Lanciers on the road. Both Alexis Sanchez and January signing Ruslan Malinovsky are pushing for a start, whereas important defender Eric Bailly is back from suspension.
Clermont, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Monaco on Matchday 22, and seeing that Marseille boss Igor Tudor has a full squad to choose from, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Champions League-chasing visitors. In the first half of the season OM defeated Clermont thanks to Pape Gueye’s goal. As for the home side, Alidu Seidu misses out through suspension, while all Elba Rashani, Johan Gastien, and Maxime Gonalons are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Eric Bailly):
Eric Bailly started his youth career at Espanyol and he made five league appearances for the first team as well. In 2015 he joined fellow La Liga side Villarreal and after playing 35 league games for the Camp El Madrigal outfit, the Ivory Coast defenders signed a four-year contract with Manchester United.
Eric Bailly is well known for his speed and he is very strong physically. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back if needed as well. Bailly made his Ivory Coast debut on 11 January, 2015 in a friendly game against Nigeria. The 187-cm-tall defender represented the Elephants at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and, no doubt, he helped the team win the prestigious trophy at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
Eric Bailly participated in the 2016 Community Shield final and it has to be noted that Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 in the Wembley Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown.
It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394.
The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.