Preview: Monaco vs Marseille – prediction, team news, lineups
Monaco host Marseille on Saturday night, and the home side will be looking to build on their first league win of the season, which they achieved just before the international break.
For the visitors, they have accumulated seven points in their first three games and are looking to continue their undefeated start in the league this weekend.
Niko Kovac’s team has had a difficult start to the season: they have only accumulated four points in their first four league games and were eliminated by Shakhtar Donetsk from the Champions League in the playoff round.
Monaco won crucially before the international period after Sofiane Diop scored twice to help her team win 2-1 away from Troyes.
It is worrying that the home team have only scored three goals this season, and two of them in the win over Troyes, so Monaco’s form in front of the goal must improve if they want to advance in the table.
If Monaco has aspirations to replicate third place from last season, then success at home will be paramount and they will need to improve on the first two league games at Stade Louis II this season, resulting in a draw and a loss.
Positively, last season, Monaco won their home game against Marseille and this weekend they will be looking to replicate the 3-1 victory they achieved in January, although Marseille is always a challenge for the hosts; in fact, Monaco have lost more Ligue 1 games at home. against Marseille than any other team.
Although Marseille have played one game less than Monaco, due to abandonment against Nice, they still sit three points higher than their opponents in the table and have yet to lose this season, winning twice and drawing once.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team is certainly not a boring team to watch, with their three matches resulting in 13 goals, and Marseille have scored eight of them, with six of those eight goals scored by Cengiz Under and Dimitri Payet, as both have scored in three. times in Ligue 1.
However, the nine-time champions of France are vulnerable on defense, having conceded at least one goal in their last 10 league games, and in their only away game this season, they witnessed the ball hit the bottom of his net twice in a 3-2 win. over Montpellier.
Marseille are looking to win away from Monaco for the first time since September 2019, when both teams played an exciting match that saw the visitors win 4-3 and a similar result this weekend would not be surprising given the number of goals already. They have marked. This term occurred in the matches of Marseille.
The visiting team looking to score two wins from two away games this season and an away win against Monaco will keep confidence flowing before their Europa League campaign begins next week.
Monaco possible starting lineup:
Nubel; Aguilar, Maripan, Badiashile, Henrique; Tchouameni, Fofana, Jean Lucas; Diop, Martins, Ben Yedder
Marseille possible starting lineup:
Mandanda; Saliba, Balerdi, Peres; Rongier, Kamara, Guendouzi, Gerson; Under, De la Fuente, Henrique