Clermont vs Marseille Predictions

Clermont vs Marseille predictions and tips for Saturday’s Ligue 1 tie. Marseille, after a 4-1 home victory over Montpellier, aims to continue their winning streak against Clermont on Saturday evening. Read on for our predictions.


Ligue 1 | Gameweek 24 – Mar 2, 2024 at 8pm UK at Stade Gabriel Montpied

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Clermont vs Marseille Predictions

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A Tactical Tussle in Clermont: Marseille’s European Quest Meets a Resilient Host

Key Stats

– Clermont’s formidable home stance: Only three losses in their last eight at Stade Gabriel-Montpied.

– Marseille’s away woes: A single win in 11 Ligue 1 away fixtures this season.

– The draw trend: Four 1-1 draws in the last ten games combined for both teams.

As the Ligue 1 season progresses, the matchup between Clermont and Marseille at Stade Gabriel-Montpied is shaping up to be a crucial encounter for both teams. Clermont, battling to climb out of the relegation zone, has shown resilience at home, despite their position at the bottom of the table. Marseille, on the other hand, seeks to solidify their standing with an away victory, although their road form has been less than stellar.

Tactical Breakdown and Team Strategies

Clermont Foot 63 has displayed commendable tenacity, especially at home, managing to secure points against formidable opponents. Their defensive setup, aimed at frustrating attacking sides, coupled with the ability to counter-attack, has been their modus operandi. The reliance on Shamar Nicholson for goals and Mory Diaw‘s heroics between the posts have been pivotal.


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Olympique de Marseille has had a rollercoaster season, with their performance oscillating between brilliant and underwhelming. The victory against Montpellier showcased their potential, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line effectively. However, their away form has been their Achilles’ heel, managing only one win on the road this season.

Key Battles and Gameplay Dynamics

The midfield duel, particularly between Johan Gastien of Clermont and Jordan Veretout of Marseille, will be critical in dictating the pace of the game. Clermont’s ability to disrupt Marseille’s rhythm and launch counter-attacks through Jim Allevinah and Muhammed Cham could be key, while Marseille’s Amine Harit‘s creativity will be essential in unlocking Clermont’s defence.

Managerial Matchup: Alguacil’s Pragmatism vs Sanchez Flores’ Tactical Acumen

Imanol Alguacil’s pragmatic approach, focusing on defensive solidity and opportunistic attacking, contrasts with Quique Sanchez Flores’ tactical versatility and emphasis on disciplined organization. This managerial duel promises a chess match, with both looking to outmanoeuvre the other tactically.

Expected Lineups and Tactical Commentary

Clermont’s setup, likely featuring Mory Diaw in goal and Shamar Nicholson leading the attack, emphasises defensive organisation and quick transitions. Muhammed Cham‘s role could be pivotal in providing width and pace on the break.

Marseille is expected to deploy Pau López as the last line of defence, with Aubameyang spearheading the attack. The inclusion of Iliman Ndiaye and Amine Harit adds creativity and flair, potentially unlocking Clermont’s defence.

This encounter, laden with tactical nuance and strategic depth, promises not just a battle for three points but a showcase of managerial wit and player skill. As both Clermont and Marseille vie for supremacy, fans can anticipate a match that epitomises the unpredictable nature of football.

Predictions and Insights

  1. Both Teams to Score – Yes: Given both teams’ defensive vulnerabilities and Clermont’s knack for finding the net at home, it’s plausible that both teams will score. Marseille’s attacking prowess, led by Aubameyang, against Clermont’s spirited but leaky defence sets the stage for goals at both ends.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw: A 1-1 draw seems the most likely outcome, reflecting Clermont’s resilience at home and Marseille’s struggles away. Both teams have a recent history of drawing games, and this fixture has all the makings of a closely contested battle ending in a stalemate.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Marseille): Aubameyang’s clinical finishing and ability to perform in crucial moments make him a prime candidate to find the back of the net. Despite Clermont’s compact defence, Aubameyang’s prowess in exploiting spaces could see him adding to his tally.
  4. First Half Result: Draw: Both Clermont and Marseille have shown tendencies to start games cautiously, especially in high-stakes matches. A draw at halftime is a probable scenario as both sides look to assert dominance without overcommitting resources upfront.
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