The opposite ends of the table come together this weekend as Marseille host Angers at the Stade Velodrome this Sunday. Though Angers’ relegation was confirmed after their last loss, they can still have a massive effect on Marseille’s season if the visitors can manage to take points this weekend.
With just four games left this Ligue 1 season, Marseille still have a lot they can do. Igor Tudor’s side currently sit in third where, if they stay, will leave them in the Champions League qualifiers. However, Marseille do only sit two points behind second-place Lens and eight points behind league-leaders PSG. Below them, Marseille have a somewhat comfortable cushion of six points down to fourth-place Monaco and an 11-point gap to Lille in fifth.
Marseille have three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five Ligue 1 games. Two of these wins came against sides in the bottom five in the league. Goals from Cengiz Under and Alexis Sanchez granted Marseille a 2 - 1 win over Auxerre and a brace from Vitinha and another goal from Under helped Marseille to a 3 - 1 win over Troyes. Their other win came against Lyon, where a 92nd-minute Malo Gusto own goal gave Marseille all three points. The draw was a goalless affair against ninth-place Lorient and the loss was a painful 2 - 1 defeat to Champions League rivals Lens.
Angers had their relegation to Ligue 2 confirmed after their most recent loss, ending a long stint in the top flight of French football from 2015. However, just three wins this season was not enough in order for safety with Angers sitting 20th by an eight-point margin and an 18-point gap to safety. However, one positive of Angers’ season may be the fact they weren’t the lowest-scoring team in the league, that title belongs to Ajaccio, though the 74 goals they have conceded doesn’t help.
In their last five Ligue 1 games, Angers have one win and four losses. Their one win, at the start of April, came against fifth-place Lille, where Halid Sabanovic scored late in the game to give Angers a 1 - 0 win and only their third win of the season. However, the following four games have been consecutive losses. First Angers lost out 2 - 1 to a ten-man Clermont Foot and then managed to bag another late goal, this time through Sada Thioub, but it wasn’t enough to beat PSG who won 2 - 1. The 4 - 2 loss to Rennes confirmed Angers’ relegation despite being the first game with over two goals for Angers since December. Last time out also saw them lose, a 2 - 1 loss to Monaco.
Marseille and Angers have only met on 15 previous occasions. The hosts have won the fixture six times in comparison to Angers’ two wins, with the most common outcome being a draw which has happened seven times.
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