Marseille vs Strasbourg Predictions

Marseille vs Strasbourg predictions ahead of this French Ligue 1 affair on Friday night. After making progress in the Coupe de France to start 2024, Marseille and Strasbourg resume their Ligue 1 campaign with a showdown at the Orange Velodrome. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Ligue 1 | Gameweek 18 — Jan 12, 2024 at 8pm UK at Stade Velodrome

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Marseille vs Strasbourg Predictions

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Reason for tip: Blackpool's strong home record at Bloomfield Road, winning 9 of their last 10, is balanced against Nottingham Forest's revitalised form under Nuno Espirito Santo. Forest's refreshed squad and experience, coupled with the high stakes of an FA Cup replay, suggest a cautious, evenly matched game, likely leading to a draw.

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Reason for tip: A 1-1 draw is a realistic expectation, given Blackpool's home scoring average of 1.6 goals per game and attacking prowess, led by Jordan Rhodes. Forest's Premier League experience and offensive strength, featuring Chris Wood, indicate they can score against Blackpool's defence. Both teams' scoring ability and defensive frailties suggest an evenly matched scoreline.

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A Tactical Tussle in Ligue 1: Marseille vs Strasbourg at the Orange Velodrome

Key Stats
– Marseille has won six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
– Marseille has been level at half-time in eight of their Ligue 1 fixtures this season.
– Three of Marseille’s last four games have featured under 2.5 goals.

As Ligue 1 action resumes, Marseille and Strasbourg prepare to lock horns at the Orange Velodrome, with both teams looking to build on their recent progress in the Coupe de France. This encounter promises to be a tactically intriguing battle, with Marseille under Gennaro Gattuso’s guidance, showcasing defensive solidity, and Strasbourg, led by Patrick Vieira, displaying an upturn in form.

Deep Dive into Team Dynamics

Marseille’s Resilient Form

Under Gattuso, Marseille has shown remarkable defensive prowess, especially at home, conceding only two Ligue 1 home goals so far in the season. Despite the absence of key players due to the Africa Cup of Nations, Marseille’s resilience remains their biggest strength. Their expected lineup, featuring Lopez; Meite, Balerdi, Gigot; Murillo, Nadir, Veretout, Kondogbia, Clauss; Aubameyang, Vitinha, suggests a team focused on a balanced approach, combining solid defence with effective attack.

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Strasbourg’s Revival

Strasbourg, experiencing a revival under Vieira, has climbed to ninth in the league. Despite their struggles on the road, they have recently shown improved form, winning their last three Ligue 1 games. Their potential lineup of Sels; Guilbert, Nyamsi, Perrin, Sobol; Diarra, Sissoko; Angelo, Gameiro, Deminguet; Dion indicates a strategy leaning towards exploiting Marseille’s few weaknesses, particularly in the absence of several key Marseille players.

Tactical Match-Up and Key Battles

The midfield tussle, especially between Marseille’s Jordan Veretout and Strasbourg’s Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, will be critical. Both teams are likely to engage in a tactical battle, with Marseille aiming to control the game’s tempo while Strasbourg seeks opportunities to counter-attack.

Team Strategies and Managerial Insights

Gattuso’s Marseille has been disciplined and organised, but their lack of offensive dynamism in key moments has been a concern. Strasbourg under Vieira has shown greater tactical flexibility recently, but their inconsistency, especially away from home, remains an Achilles heel.

Predictions and Analysis

Prediction 1: Both Teams to Score NO

Considering Marseille’s defensive solidity and Strasbourg’s improved attack, a Both Teams to Score NO bet seems reasonable. Marseille’s recent defensive record is impressive, so it is unlikely that Strasbourg would find the net.

Prediction 2: Correct Score – Marseille 2-0 Strasbourg

A 2-0 victory for Marseille aligns with their strong defensive form and Strasbourg’s challenges in away games. Marseille’s ability to maintain a clean sheet, coupled with their efficient attack, leads to this scoreline prediction.

Prediction 3: Goalscorer – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Score

Aubameyang, with his proven track record and form, is a likely candidate to score for Marseille. His scoring ability, combined with Strasbourg’s defensive vulnerabilities, makes him a strong contender to find the back of the net.

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Reason for tip: Blackpool's strong home record at Bloomfield Road, winning 9 of their last 10, is balanced against Nottingham Forest's revitalised form under Nuno Espirito Santo. Forest's refreshed squad and experience, coupled with the high stakes of an FA Cup replay, suggest a cautious, evenly matched game, likely leading to a draw.

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Reason for tip: A 1-1 draw is a realistic expectation, given Blackpool's home scoring average of 1.6 goals per game and attacking prowess, led by Jordan Rhodes. Forest's Premier League experience and offensive strength, featuring Chris Wood, indicate they can score against Blackpool's defence. Both teams' scoring ability and defensive frailties suggest an evenly matched scoreline.

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