Marseille vs Angers
French Ligue 1
Date: 4 February 2022, Friday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade Orange Velodrome.
Just three days after a tough trip to Decines-Charpieu for the clash against Lyon at Groupama Stadium, Marseille will play host to bottom-half Angers in the first fixture of Gameweek No 23 in Ligue 1.
It will be the third game in the last six days for Marseille, following also the last weekend’s win over Montpellier on penalties in the last 16 round of French Cup (a 1-1 draw in the regular time).
On the other side, Angers have not been in action since January 26th and the 0-1 home defeat to the rock-bottomed Saint-Etienne.
Fatigue thus may well play a role here but it is still very difficult not to consider the hosts as enormous favorites going into the tie.
Marseille have the best defensive record in the entire league with only 16 goals conceded so far in the season.
They are now up against Angers who showed almost nothing offensively in the mentioned home defeat to Saint-Etienne.
Angers have generally been struggling to perform of late. They failed to find the net in four of the last six outings across competitions.
Gerald Baticle’s men notched only one goal in the previous three away matches across competitions, a run that includes a humiliating 2-0 defeat to lower-division Linas-Montlhery in the Coupe de France R16 tie.
On the other side, we have Marseille who won seven and drew two of the last nine fixtures in all competitions.
Marseille vs Angers Head-to-head
- The draw has been by far the most common of the outcomes in the history of this matchup as it happened in 10 of the last 18 H2H meetings between the two teams.
- The streak includes this season’s tie that offered no goals in September 2021.
- Marseille only won three of the previous nine home clashes against Angers.
Marseille vs Angers Prediction
Angers have always been a tricky opposition to Marseille. Also, they drew in as many as seven of eleven away matches so far in this term of Ligue 1.
Knowing that Marseille had a tough game against Lyon on Tuesday, we have to go for the draw at the 4.00 odds. This pick offers much more value than the home win at the 1.53 odds.