Marseille hosts Montpellier in the Coupe de France 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Saturday, January 29th at Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
In the last match in French Ligue 1, Marseille was stronger than Lens away (0-2). That victory was enough to stay in the third position in the standings (41 points after 20 matches). In general, Jorge Sampaoli’s men are now in good condition. They have not suffered a single defeat in the last eight matches in all tournaments (six victories and two draws). The Olympians have already gone through two rounds of the French Cup, confidently beating Canne Rocheville (1-4) and Chauvigny (0-3). Interesting fact: in the last four matches in the Coupe de France, Marseille has consistently scored at least two goals against its opponents. In the previous eight games in this tournament, the Olympians gained six victories and one draw and suffered only one defeat in regulation time.
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Montpellier hosted Monaco on January 23. The Paladins played in their best manner and eventually won in a goal shootout (3-20. After that victory, they have 34 points in their assets and share the 5th line with Rennes. The gap to the 4th position is only one point. Montpellier tends to play attacking football in Ligue 1. In 22 matches, the team scored 37 goals and conceded 30 times. On average, at least three goals are scored in 90 minutes. The men of Olivier Dall’Oglio have already gone through two rounds of the French Cup as well. First, they managed to beat Andrezieux (0-1), and then the victory over unyielding Strasbourg followed (1-0). Montpellier has not lost in regulation time in ten matches of the French Cup (eight victories and two draws).
Montpellier lost 2-3 to Marseille in the first round of the current French championship. The last four head-to-head matches between these teams ended with an exchange of goals scored. In the current season, Marseille prefers to play defensive football, relying on counterattacks and set pieces. On the contrary, the Paladins show open football. They try to attack themselves and allow their opponents to do it. Thus, the difference between goals scored and conceded in Ligue 1 is 37-30. Of course, the results in Ligue 1 are of greater importance for both teams. Most likely, reservists will play in the Cup, and this will affect the quality of football. I don’t expect any goal extravaganza from the teams, but I think that they may well exchange accurate shots.