Lyon welcomes Marseille to the Groupama Stadium for the late kick-off this Sunday. The visitors look to cut down the gap to the top of the table whereas the hosts look to bridge the gap to the last European football spots.
Laurent Blanc’s Lyon are potentially looking at a second season without European football after finishing eighth last season and currently sit seventh. However, Lyon are only five points adrift of the final European place with seven games left with three teams in contention for the final place in the Europa Conference League Qualifiers.
In their last five Ligue 1 games, Lyon have three wins and two draws. In their last two matches of March, Lyon picked up two draws. Their clash against Lille ended in a 3 - 3 draw with a goal from Bradley Barcola and a brace from Alexandre Lacazette whereas Jonathan David grabbed a hattrick for Lille. The other draw came against Nantes, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring once again in the 1 - 1 draw. Despite grabbing a point in that game against Nantes, Lyon did succumb to a 1 - 0 loss to Nantes in the Semi-final of the French Cup. However, following the draw in the league, Lyon went on a three-game winning streak. They beat league leaders PSG 1 - 0 thanks to a Barcola goal, beat Rennes 3 - 1 with Corentin Tolisso, Lacazette and Barcola scoring and then most recently beat Toulouse 2 - 1 with another goal from Lacazette and a Logan Costa own goal.
Marseille have put up a strong performance in Ligue 1 so far this season, with their most recent win helping them leapfrog Lens into second place. Igor Tudor’s side are eight points behind top-of-the-league PSG but it is much closer behind them. From second to fourth covers just three points, with Marseille, Lens and Monaco all in contention for the second Champions League spot.
Tudor's men have two wins and three draws in their last five Ligue 1 games. The two wins came against 18th-place Troyes and eighth-place Reims. Two goals from Alexis Sanchez gave Marseille a 2 - 1 win over Reims and a brace from Vitor Oliveira and a goal from Cengiz Under helped Marseille to a 3 - 1 win over Troyes. However, their draws came against relegation-threatened Strasbourg, Lorient and Montpellier. Ten-man Marseille managed to hold off Strasbourg from grabbing a winner after a late double from Jean-Eudes Aholou cancelled out the 2 - 0 lead carved out by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu and Sanchez. Matteo Guendouzi converted his penalty to help Marseille to a 1 - 1 draw with Montpellier before they played out a 0 - 0 draw with Lorient.
Lyon and Marseille have played each other 52 times in their histories. Lyon have a better record in the fixture with 22 wins whereas Marseille have only won 11 times, meaning the fixture has ended in a draw 19 times. In the last five meetings, Lyon have won twice, Marseille have just one win with the teams drawing twice.
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