It’s the biggest game in Ligue 1 this weekend just as we approach the pause in the domestic action for the World Cup with Monaco playing hosts to Marseille as fourth meets with fifth in arguably the most important fixture of the season for the two.
Only goals difference is separating these two right now, and with at least one of them set to drop points, Lorient in sixth are looking to move about them in the table, as they are also on 27 points so far. It makes this game a must-win, given how they could drop out of the European spots and won’t be able to make amends until at least the end of December.Open in new window
It’s Marseille who have slight bragging rights at the moment with them in fourth, as their better defensive record keeps them ahead in the table. Marseille have scored fewer goals (23) than Monaco’s 27, but with 11 goals conceded compared to 18 for the home side, it is they who are in fourth.
Marseille have turned their form around in the past week, beating rivals Lyon in Ligue 1 just five days on from crashing out of the Champions League in a loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Monaco, on the other hand, have eased into the Europa League knockout rounds with a recent 4-1 win over Red Star Belgrade, and combined with a 1-1 draw against Ferencvaros and wins over Toulouse and Angers, they have not lost since a defeat to Lille in mid-October.