Both sides need points for very different reasons when they meet this Friday evening in Ligue 1, as we enter a crucial phase of the season. Nancy are right in the middle of the relegation fight, while their opponents Marseille still have a slim chance of being able to qualify for next season’s Europa League competition. This one promises to be another nail-biter for supporters of both teams.
Nancy have had a terrible season and have won just 3 games in 2017. They are the lowest scorers in Ligue 1, having managed a paltry 25 from their 33 matches, so it is clear for all to see where the problems lie. They are level on points with 18th placed Lorient at present and a win on Friday would see them leapfrog Bastia ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures. Forward Issiar Dia has 8 goals to his name and if he were to keep up his good form in front of goal, then it could go a long way to saving Nancy’s skin and keeping them in the top flight.
Marseille meanwhile are in red-hot form in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their previous 6 games, winning 3 and drawing 3 in the process. They were excellent again last weekend, hammering rivals St Etienne 4-0 at home. Their results on the road paint a different picture though, and they have won just 19% of matches away from Stade Velodrome in 2016/17.
With Nancy having a relatively strong home record for where they are in the division, we expect this to be a close game. Our advice is to back an away win for Marseille at decent odds of 11/10 with bet365.
For our correct score prediction, we see Marseille winning 2-1 and keeping up the hunt for that Europa League place. That bet is at odds of 8/1 also with bet365.
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