Marseille vs StrasbourgFrench Ligue 1, KO: 20:00 Apr 30, 2021, Orange Velodrome
Marseille continue their push for European football next season as they welcome Strasbourg to the Orange Velodrome for a Friday night French Ligue 1 fixture. The hosts appear to have turned a corner in recent weeks and should ease past a struggling Strasbourg team.
A brace from Dimitri Payet helped Marseille to a 3-1 victory at Reims in their previous Ligue 1 fixture. Arkadiusz Milik was also on target for the visitors who fought back from a goal down to secure the win.
Marseille appear to have found some stability in recent weeks with three wins from their last four Ligue 1 matches. This form has moved Jorge Sampaoli’s men to within one point of Lens who occupy the final Europa League spot.
The Orange Velodrome has become a fortress for Marseille in recent weeks having gone unbeaten in their last five home matches. They have claimed four wins in that run and overcame Lorient 3-2 in their previous fixture at home.
Strasbourg let slip a one goal lead as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Nantes last time out in Ligue 1. Ludovic Ajorque put them ahead just before the break but they were breached twice in the second half.
Les Coureurs are not having the best end to the season and have claimed just one win from their last six Ligue 1 matches. That poor run has put them dangerously close to the relegation zone as they sit 15th on the table, six points above the bottom three with four matches left to play.
One problem manager Thierry Laurey has battled with all season is a shaky backline. They are among the worst defences in Ligue 1 this season and have conceded seven goals in their last three matches.
How the bookies view it
Marseille have momentum right now and should claim a comfortable victory on Friday.
Head to head
Marseille have the advantage in this fixture with 13 wins from 28 previous matches. Strasbourg have claimed seven victories while both teams have battled to eight draws.
Marseille have won the last three meetings and triumphed 1-0 in the reverse fixture back in November.
Players to watch
Dimitri Payet appears to be returning to his best and has scored three goals in his last two matches. Betfred has the midfielder at 12/5 to score anytime while striker Arkadiusz Milik is priced at 6/4 by BetVictor in the same market having also found the net twice in his last three matches.
Ludovic Ajorque often leads the line for Strasbourg and has scored 13 goals this season. The striker is priced at 5/2 by Paddy Power in the anytime goalscorer market while the first goal is valued at 7/1 by bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Marseille’s previous home fixture produced over 4.5 goals and SBK is offering 36/5 for a similar outcome. Over 3.5 goals is priced at 27/10 by the same firm while over 2.5 goals is valued at evens with Red Zone.
Marseille are likely to score in both halves at 11/5 with William Hill while they could also be backed to win both halves at 22/5 with Sporting Index.
This French Ligue 1 match between Marseille and Strasbourg will be played on Apr 30, 2021 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Marseille vs Strasbourg prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.