On Sunday, April 30, Marseille at the Velodrome Stadium will host the match of the thirty-third round of the French Football Championship, in which Marseille and Auxerre will play. The starting whistle of referee Jeremy Piñar will sound at 21:45 Kyiv time.
There is not so much time left in France before the end of the season, so the issue of belonging to one or another team of the championship title may be decided very soon. So that once again all the laurels do not go to Paris Saint-Germain, only the miracle and perseverance of one of the direct pursuers of the capital team is needed, and whether it will be Marseille or Lance, they will have to decide soon during a face-to-face duel. It is to the game next weekend in Ligue 1 that the most attention will be riveted, since then, most likely, the fate of at least the “silver” set of awards will be decided.
Igor Tudor’s team is eight points behind PSG. Let’s be honest, in reality, when the players of Christophe Galtier do not need to play in European competition at the end of the season, it will be very difficult to eliminate this distance with six games before the end of the football year. The Provencals started this campaign with great ambitions to push the clear favorites from the first line, but if at the end of the season they lose points in games against Lorient (0:0), Montpellier (1:1) and Strasbourg (2: 2), then there is no particular hope for success. And it’s still good that in the recent “Olympic” derby away from Lyon, Marseille managed to snatch a victory in stoppage time (2: 1), otherwise Tudor’s team would not be in second place now.
In the upcoming meeting, Marseille will play against last year’s participants in the country’s second-biggest division, Auxerre, whose base city of just over 30,000 people is located in the central region of the country on the road from Paris to the west, to Dijon. The Burgundians have been absent from the elite division since the 2011/12 season, but three years under the leadership of Jean-Marc Furland made themselves felt in the form of gradual progress from 11th to the final third line in Ligue 2. Even the start of the first season in 11 years in Ligue 1 for the team was more or less good, but then it took off somewhere in the wrong direction.
It can be considered that Marseille in the first round match with their victory over Auxerre (2: 0) was added to the resignation of Furlan, although almost two months had passed since then, and only then the mentor was asked to leave. The team was picked up by 57-year-old Christophe Pelissier, who immediately gave four points in games against Ajaccio (1:0) and Troyes (1:1), after which the Burgundians believed in success.
Not for long, since the period after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar also turned out to be quite difficult for them, and only in early February the team stopped constantly losing in the championship. Moreover, it stopped so much that out of the last 11 matches of Ligue 1, it lost only in one – to Strasbourg (0: 2) and now it is practically not threatened with relegation to the lower division. In any case, there are three other teams with 32 points nearby in the standings (Auxerre have 33), which are doing worse.
“Marseilles”: Lopez – Kolasinac, Gigo, Balerdi – Cabore, Veretout, Rongier, Kloss – Yunder, Sanchez – Vitinha.
“Auxerre”: Leon – Mensah, Zhubal, Janvier, Ravelosun, Zedadka – Toure, M’Changama – Niang, Da Costa, En.
Out: Ruiz, Unahi, Harit-Botho, Dugimont, Massenjo, Toure, Owusu, Ruiz-Atil.
Forecast for confrontation
We believe that in the upcoming game the guests will put up a worthy resistance. Our bet will be the position – Handicap. Auxerre (+1.5) with odds of 1.93.
April 30, Sunday
Marseille – AuxerreMarseilles. “Velodrome”. 21:45 Live TV broadcast – MEGOGO video service
Arbitrator: Jeremy Pignard (France) Forecast Sport.ua – 2:1
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