Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Stade Velodrome will host Sunday’s matinee between Olympique Marseille and Le Havre. OM aim to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Monaco and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Le Club Doyen. Both Pape Gueye and Renan Lodi are banned for the match, while midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia continues to miss out with a groin injury. Genaro Gattuso is likely to stick to stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
The newcomers, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-0 loss to Lille and given their poor head-to-head record against Marseille, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. All Arouna Sangante, Alois Confais, Antoine Joujou, and Oussama Targhalline are sidelined with injuries, speaking of the visiting team. In their last meeting at the venue Olympique Marseille defeated Le Havre 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Valentin Rongier):
Valentin Rongier is a French footballer, who plays for Ligue 1 side Nantes as a defensive midfielder. Rongier, who was born on December 7, 1994 in Macon (France) scored two goals in 39 appearances for Nantes B from 2013 to 2015 and he made his Ligue 1 debut with Les Canaris on October 18, 2014 in a 1-1 draw with Stade de Reims.
It has to be noted that he replaced Lucas Deaux 15 minutes before the final whistle. Over the years Valentin Rongier has established himself as a first-team regular at Nantes and you should know that he made no less than 31 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign.
On June 25, 2015 he extended his deal with the La Beaujoir-Louis Fonteneau outfit and his contract should expire on June 30, 2020. Valentin Rongier’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
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.