Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Sunday’s football game between Toulouse and Olympique Marseille, the two teams with entirely different ambitions for the remainder of the season. Les Pitchouns are eyeing a top-ten finish, and their display in a 3-1 win over Rennes is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. Barring any fresh injury worries, Philippe Montanier is unlikely to make changes to the team that faced les Rouges et Noirs at the weekend.
Meanwhile, OM are determined to represent France in the Champions League next term. Marseille proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Clermont, and seeing that Toulouse suit Igor Tudor’s charges, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. You should bear in mind that OM defeated les Pitchouns in each of their last seven meetings in the French top flight. Defender Samuel Gigot should be the only absentee in 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.
Highlighted Team (Toulouse):
Toulouse are a professional football club that compete in Ligue 1. Les Pitchouns are well known for their purple jerseys with white stripes and it has to be noted that they used to wear red and yellow jerseys in the past. Toulouse welcome their opponents at Stadium Municipal and the capacity of the team’s home ground is 33.150. Stadium Municipal was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
In 1982 the club secured promotion to the Ligue 1 for the first time ever and you should bear in mind that the likes of Jacques Santini and Daniel Jeandupeux were part of the team. A win over Napoli in the round 1 of the 1986/1987 UEFA Cup is considered one of the club’s biggest success as football legend Diego Maradona played for the Italian team back then, attacker Daniel Jeandupeux scored the winner for Toulouse in the penalty shoot-out. Bordeaux are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in Derby de la Garonne.