Match date: 20 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: France Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1.5 AH)
| Match result:
3-1 - Won
Marseille were defeated on their trip to Lyon three days ago and failed to take points in duel with pretty strong hosts, they created plenty of chances but failed to exploit them and now will try to recoup that, in 19th round of Ligue 1 and last game before winter break are welcoming newcomers Troyes and must go for a victory, they are big favorites for this duel and i'm sure that can collect points and secure their great 4th position at the table. After series of good results Marseille were defeated in last two games, before that last defeat against Lyon they were eliminated from French League Cup by Rennes after penalties.
This is a good chance for guests to get back on winning tracks and end first half of the season with a victory, they are in good shape and shouldn't be very hard for them to defeat guests which are struggling and aren't in some great shape. In last two meetings with them at this stadium Marseille celebrated and although previous time met two years ago at this field i'm sure that Marseille can achieve convincing victory and score couple of goals against not so strong defense. Hosts aren't among title contenders since are already 12 points behind leaders PSG and they can only try to fight for position which leads into Champions league, anyway here should win without much troubles.
Only defender Gregory Sertic (10/0) is still having problems with injury and probably won't be available for this duel.
After one season in Ligue 2 Troyes returned into Ligue 1 and are now at 14th position at the table after 18 rounds, three points are above relegation zone and aren't very safe, they must show something more than so far to climb at higher positions but in this game won't have much chances to do something against Marseille which were really good in offense, to save their net must show really great skills in defense but i doubt that can prevent hosts from scoring, so far Troyes conceded 24 goals and i don't see how can avoid conceding a couple more tonight.
In last round guests managed to celebrate at home stadium with narrow result over 13th placed Amiens, in that match were better team ad deserved victory, tonight it would be a big surprise if they manage to confront to a strong hosts. This is their only 5th duel with Marseille at this stadium in last 15 years and in all of them were defeated, last one more than two years ago was really convincing and conceded six goals. Before that last victory guests had streak of three consecutive defeats but they met with Monaco and PSG in those games, anyway in front of them are another strong opponents and they won't be able to do much in my opinion.
Guests are coming here without injured midfielder Tristan Dingome (15/0).
Marseille are favorites with a reason, they must try to end first part of the season with a victory and this is a chance which they must exploit, guests as newly promoted team wants only to stay safe but it won't be easy mission, for this game are underdogs and i'm quiet sure that hosts will win with few goals margin.