Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco will look to ignite their fight for survival in Ligue 1 as they travel to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening to do battle with an out of form Marseille side.
The 2016/17 French champions have endured a wretched campaign thus far and currently languish in 19th in the standings, five points from safety albeit with a game in hand. They are now one of the favourites for relegation having only won three league games so far this season, the latest victory coming at the start of December against Amiens. They lost their last league match 2-0 to Guingamp so are justifiable underdogs against Marseille and can be backed at 5/1 with Betfair to win. However, they have picked up wins against Canet Roussillon and Rennes in the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue respectively.
Meanwhile, all has not been particularly well with the hosts in recent times despite sitting sixth in Ligue 1. They have not won in any of their last seven games in all competitions including a 2-0 defeat to fourth tier Andrezieux last time out in the Coupe de France. Despite that, they can be backed at 8/15 with William Hill to earn three points. Elsewhere, a draw between the two teams is available at a price of 16/5.
Despite the difference between the two teams in the table, the past meetings of the clubs could potentially provide clues as to how the match could potentially play out. Monaco have won six out of the last ten league games between the two sides. Both teams have scored on seven of those occasions, with that eventuality being priced at 8/13 with BetVictor.
One aspect that Monaco will have to keep an eye on is Marseille’s dangerous frontline. Only Paris Saint Germain have scored more than Les Olympiens so far this season. One of their most dangerous players Florian Thauvin has already netted 11 goals so far this season and sits at 11/4 with Paddy Power to open the scoring. Radamel Falcao though always gives the visitors some hope and currently Monaco’s top goalscorer in the league with seven strikes, he has odds of 6/1 to hit the first strike on Sunday.
Regardless of the Colombian’s inclusion in the team, Henry still has plenty of injury worries to contend with. Jordi Mboula, Almamy Toure, Nacer Chadli, Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Adama Traore, Djibril Sidibe, Stevan Jovetic and Willem Geubbels are all doubtful for the game. Conversely, Marseille boss Rudi Garcia only has a comparatively small injury list with both Kostas Mitroglou and Adil Rami out with a back and knee injury respectively.