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The top match of the 18th round of Ligue 1 is, of course, the “Choc des Olympiques” between Lyon and Marseille. Both teams were able to settle in the top group this season and occupy equal points with 35 points together with reigning champions AS Monaco, the first pursuit behind the front runner Paris Saint-Germain. Only with some distance follows the FC Nantes with 27 points in fifth place. The Champions League ranks are well secured for both teams at the moment and the main thing is to avoid the unloved fourth place, because this means that it would only go into qualifying. Paris seems to play in their own league this season with 44 points and the team is probably very difficult to take the title. Nonetheless, both Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille will want to keep the chance to stay in Paris. Kick-off of the “Olympicos” is in the Groupama Stadium in Lyon at 20 clock.
The subscription master from the early 2000s has been waiting for the eighth championship title since 2008, after the seven had previously all been brought in a row from 2002-2008. Lyon has remained a reliable team since then, despite the slowdown in the championship and never finished the season worse than fifth. In the past season, the “Les Gones” nevertheless suffered a small defeat. So the surprising team from Nice grabbed the last Champions League starting place and had to make do with the Europa League. In this Olympique Lyon prevailed in a group with Atalanta Bergamo, Everton FC and Apollon Limassol as a runner-up and in the sixteenth finals now meets the Spanish representative Villarreal CF.
In the league, Lyon is currently in second place with 35 points and a goal difference of 42:19, equal points ahead of Monaco, who have a one goal narrower goal difference, and Marseille, who are behind with seven goals. Lyon is as offensive last season as an offensive team. Last season, Lyon played 3.29 goals per game. Only AS Monaco was an even bigger guarantor of goals. In the current season, the scoring of OL games is even 3.59 and is only topped by PSG games. Most recently, Lyon celebrated two 2-1 away wins over SM Caen and Amiens SC in Ligue 1. Previously, there was a surprising shock in the home game against Lille OSC, who have barely put a foot on the floor and currently only ranked 18th. Also not very pleasing was the League Cup appearance during the week in Montpellier. The actual absolute defensive specialist had to deal with a 4-1 defeat. As is often the case in a League Cup, only a better B-Elf played, but being shot down by the league’s third-weakest offensive team still hurt.
In contrast to Lyon, Olympique Marseille are more unstable in the seasonal performances and can only boast a championship title from the last 25 years. In 2010, the traditional club from the south of France was the last time champion. It was followed by a few vice titles and fourth places, but also absolute epidemic years such as 2012, when only the tenth place jumped out, or 2016, in which l’OM was only 13th. Last season, Marseille qualified fifth for the Europa League, with coach Rudi Garcia’s side ending the group stage with Red Bull Salzburg, Konyaspor and Vitoria Guimaraes in second place behind Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg and entering the semifinals. In this year, OM meets Portuguese Sporting Braga in the spring.
Only due to the poorer balance sheet Marseille is currently in fourth place. Compared to the previous season l’OM has improved offensively. A scoring of 1.5 from the last season is now compared to a rate of 2.06 goals scored per game. Marseille have been undefeated in the league for twelve matches, beating the almost invulnerable Paris Saint-Germain 2-2, and were even close to winning. Only in added time Edison Cavani could save a free-kick a point for the capital city. The last league game Marseille won against AS St. Etienne 3-0 for themselves. Like the upcoming opponent from Lyon, OM dropped out of the competition in the League Cup during the week. Marseille also spared most of the regulars and had to pay the price when they retired. After a 2-2 in regular time the host from Rennes had the happier end on penalties. Coach Rudi Garcia was pleased with the game despite his poor performance: “We had more chances than Rennes. It should never have come to penalties. I am satisfied with my team. ”
Lyon vs Marseille head to head matches
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22.01.17 L1 Lyon Marseille 3 : 1
18.09.16 L1 Marseille Lyon 0 : 0
24.01.16 L1 Lyon Marseille 1 : 1
20.09.15 L1 Marseille Lyon 1 : 1