Monaco V Marseille Betting Tips: Marseille or Draw – 15 September 2019

Winless Monaco uneasy favourites

Monaco V Marseille

Sunday 15th September 2019 – 20:00 Kick-off
French Ligue 1
Pick: Marseille or Draw (Double Chance)
Odds: 63/100
Bookmaker: MarathonBet

1 X 2
27/20 13/5 37/20

* (All betting odds displayed were correct as of 12th September 2019 at 11:15)

Preview: The final fixture in the French top-flight for this weekend sends a resurgent Marseille, who have won their last two Ligue 1 matches, to Monaco where a team still searching for its first victory of the season awaits them inside the Stade Louis II stadium. Those with access to BT Sport can watch this game live.

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Monaco Preview – Elusive first win in sight?

Securing that elusive first league win of the campaign has not proved straightforward for Monaco, a club that spent much of last season flirting with the relegation picture. Very little has changed it seems, with a 2-2 draw away to Strasbourg (xG: STR1.29 – MON 3.03) prior to the international break doubling their tally of points as they continue to languish inside the Ligue 1 relegation places. Only a pointless Dijon sit below them.

However, there have been some positives to be had from a couple of their more recent displays, notably that aforementioned result in Strasbourg where they were clearly the superior side over the 90 minutes and were unfortunate not to register maximum points. That was the second draw in succession (2-2 at home to Nimes) which, while not ideal, is still an improvement on the back-to-back 3-0 losses recorded in their first two Ligue 1 outings against Lyon and Metz.

Monaco had spent big in the closing moments of the transfer window in a desperate attempt to improve a badly performing side, with significant fees exchanged in order to bring in the attacking duo of Wissam Ben Yeddar and Islam Slimani. The pair have made an instant impact, combining for all four of Monaco’s goals this season, with former Leicester City striker Slimani accounting for three of those and could have bagged himself a hat-trick last time out were it not for the underside of the crossbar.

Clearly then, Monaco would appear to be a more potent outfit thanks to these new additions. The facts, however, are not as encouraging: they are one of only three sides still to win in Ligue 1 in 2019-20 (D2 L2), while their last seven appearances at home have garnered the one win (W1 D3 L3).

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Marseille Preview – L’OM to build on winning momentum?

The pragmatic approach of Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas continues to divide opinion in southern France. There have been a total of six goals scored in contests involving Marseille this season, which is a figure lower than all-but two sides. And if the fans are not seeing much in the way of excitement and entertaining football, the only way to appease them is through positive results.

So when L’OM failed to win its first two matches, opening with a shocker of a result at home to Reims (L0-2) before a drab affair in Nantes (0-0), the alarm bells must have been ringing even at this early stage of proceedings. Fortunately for the former Chelsea and Zenit coach, his team would respond to that sluggish start by winning its following two fixtures, at Nice (1-2) and at home to St. Etienne (1-0), to ease some of the pressure as they climbed up into 8th position.

Now, Marseille are eyeing a third straight Ligue 1 victory. Summer signing Dario Benedetto played a starring role in both successes to date, with the Argentine notching the game’s opening goal on both occasions and will attempt to score for the third match in a row despite the sparsity of scoring opportunities currently being created by team-mates. Their xGF (expected goals for) average of 1.20 lags behind the 1.60 of their opponents.

Last season, Les Olympiens finished with the sixth-best away figures in Ligue 1 (W7 D3 L9), but it was on their travels where they were evidently more susceptible. 13 fewer points were registered and, while their output in front of goal remained near enough the same, the amount conceded doubled compared with back at home (from 17 to 35). Though they did, admittedly, triumph 3-2 in this same fixture.


Monaco V Marseille Key Facts:

  • Monaco remain winless after four matches played in Ligue 1 (D2 L2), improving slightly to draw the last two.
  • Marseille have now won their previous two league games after failing to win either of their opening two matches (W2 D1 L1 overall).
  • Each of the past five Ligue 1 meetings have produced both teams scoring, with Marseille triumphing 3-2 away to Monaco in 2018-19.


Betting Summary

Improvements have undoubtedly been made from an attacking perspective, with Monaco scoring twice in each of its last two games in drawing 2-2 with Nimes and Strasbourg. The issue now for manager Leonardo Jardim is shoring up a defence which has not only failed to keep a single clean sheet so far but has conceded more goals than any team in the league (10). Their average of 1.80 xGA shows that these goals were not conceded by chance.

A drastically poor showing initially, when losing 2-0 at home to Reims before contesting a goalless affair in Nantes, was perked up by a mini resurgence before the international break as a gritty 1-0 win at home to St. Etienne followed a 2-1 victory away to Nice. Marseille are a more rounded and balanced side compared to their matchday rivals but do appear limited in attack, scoring only three times in four outings.

The said improved showings from Monaco has clearly caught the eye because, despite failing to win any of their Ligue 1 fixtures so far, the bookies have installed them as favourites here. The hosts will be menacing going forward but it is a huge ask on current form expecting them to keep it tight at the back. Marseille arrive with two recent wins under their belts, are much higher up the table and boast a vastly superior defensive process (xGA of 0.90), so shouldn’t be discounted.