Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by the Champions League triumph over Sporting CP, Olympique Marseille will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Ajaccio in the Ligue 1 round 10. OM are enjoying a very successful season, and a win over Ajaccio could see them overtake star-studded PSG in top position in the standings. Bosnia international Sead Kolasinac remains on the sidelines with injury, as well as Pedro Ruiz, but Alexis Sanchez should be recalled to the starting XI.
The visitors, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Clermont, which is yet another reason why we are going to put our money on the title-chasing hosts. All Qazim Laci, Romain Hamouma, Benjamin Leroy, and Fernand Mayembo are out of contention with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers.
However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage.
Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.