Marseille will play host to bottom-half Angers in the fixture of gameweek 23 in Legue 1 on Friday, just three days after a tough trip to Decines-Charpieu for the clash against Lyon at Groupama Stadium.
The hosts are currently sitting 3rd in the Ligue 1 standings with 40 points from their 22 matches, 13 points adrift of current league leaders PSG.
This will be the third game in the last six days for Marseille, following also the last weekend’s victory over Montpellier on penalties in the last 16 round of French Cup after a 1-1 draw in the regular time.
Marseille have the best defensive record in the entire league with only 16 goals conceded so far in the season. They have also managed to win seven and draw two of their last nine matches in all competitions.
They are now going to face Angers who showed alsmost nothing offensively in their home defeat against Saint-Etienne.
Angers enter this match sitting 12th in the table having picked up 29 points from their 22 matches played.
They saw their last Ligue 1 match go down to a 1-0 defeat by Saint-Etienne at Stade Raymond-Kopa, and they have not been in action since January 26th on that occasion.
Les Scoistes have scored 28 goals and conceded 29, which has left them trailling fifth-placed Rennes by five points for a spot in the Conference League Qualifiers.
Gerald Baticle’s side have generally been struggling with their form recently. They failed to score in four of the last six outings across all competitions. They have won two, drawn one and lost three of their last six league matches.
Angers scored just one goal in the previous three away matches in all competitions, a run that includes a humiliating 2-0 defeat to lower-division Linas-Montlhery in the Coupe de France R16 tie.
Marseille vs Angers head to head
The two teams have previously met on 18 occasions in all competitions, where Marseille have taken 5 victories while Angers have won 3, and they have drawn in 10. Marseille have scored 23 goals and conceded 18. In their last five meetings, Marseille have won two, Angers one with two draws.
Angers 0-2 Marseille 03/12/19
Marseille 0-0 Angers 25/01/20
Angers 2-1 Marseille 23/12/20
Marseille 3-2 Angers 16/05/21
Angers 0-0 Marseille 22/09/21
Marseille latest home form
Marseille have recently been on a good run of form at home, as the have been unbeaten in their last five matches. Their last home defeat came on December 4 when they lost 2-1 to Brest in the league. In their last five matches, they have won three and drawn in two.
Marseille 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow 09/12/21
Marseille 4-1 Cannet Rocheville 19/12/21
Marseille 1-1 Reims 22/12/21
Marseille 1-1 Lille 16/01/22
Marseille (P)1-1 Montpellier 29/01/22
Marseille latest away form
Marseille lost their last away game 2-1 to Lyon in the league. However, they have recently been on a good run of form on the road, as they have been unbeaten in five matches before that. They recently managed to defeat Chauvigny 3-0 on January 2 in the Coupe de France.
Strasbourg 0-2 Marseille 12/12/21
Chauvigny 0-3 Marseille 02/01/22
Bordeaux 0-1 Marseille 07/01/22
Lens 0-2 Marseille 22/01/22
Lyon 2-1 Marseille 01/02/22
Angers latest home form
Angers have recently failed to be consistent in their performance at home, as they have failed to record successive wins. They lost their last home league match 1-0 to Saint-Etienne on January 26. In their last five matches, they have won two and lost three, scoring 4 goals and conceding 6.
Angers 1-0 Lorient 21/11/21
Angers 1-3 Monaco 01/12/21
Angers 0-1 Clermont 12/12/21
Angers 2-1 Troyes 23/01/22
Angers 0-1 Saint-Etienne 26/01/22
Angers latest away form
Les Scoistes have recently had a patch run of form on the road, as they have failed to record successive victories. In their last five away matches, they have won one, drawn two and lost two. They recently lost 2-0 to Linas-Montlhery on December 19 in the Coupe de France.
Lens 2-2 Angers 26/11/21
Reims 1-2 Angers 05/12/21
Linas-Montlhery 2-0 Angers 19/12/21
Montpellier 4-1 Angers 22/12/21
Lorient 0-0 Angers 16/01/22
Marseille will be missing the services of Gerson as he is currently away on international duty with Brazil, while forward Konrad de la Fuente will be absent with a physical discomfort.
Pape Gueye and Ahmadou Bamba Dieg are also not expected to feature as they participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Sofiane Boufal, Azzedine Ounahi and Enzo Ebosse are expected to be missing as they participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mohamed Ali Cho and Romain Thomas will sit this one out through their back injuries, while Zinadine Ould Khaled is not in contention on Friday with a thigh injury.
Prediction and Odds
Angers enter this fixture having drawn in as many as seven of eleven away matches so far this season in Ligue 1, and they have been always been a tricky opposition to Marseille.
Marseille had a tough game against Lyon and would want to recover here, and we see a home win coming.
Odds: 1 1.90 X 2.21 2 2.35
Marseille 1-0 Angers
Marseille 2-0 Angers
Marseille 2-1 Angers
Marseille 3-2 Angers
Marseille 4-2 Angers