Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Reims and Olympique Marseille square off against each other at Stade Auguste-Delaune in the opening match of day 34. Reims sit in the middle of the standings ahead of the visit of Marseille. Les Rouges et Blancs aim to extend their unbeaten run to ten games, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Both Cassama and Faes return from suspension, while Kosovo international Berisha should be the only absentee in the home team.
OM, on the other hand, proved their worth in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Lorient. Jorge Sampaoli’s troops aim to regain their spot in top five, and seeing that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s clash, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Duje Caleta-Car remains sidelined through suspension, while both Valentin Rongier and Jordan Amavi are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
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.