Friday 19 Jan

Caen vs Marseille - Match Preview

18 Jan 2018 Ed Mackey FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

SM Caen

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
19 January 2018

Olympique Marseille

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 19 January 2018

The Ligue 1 season has taken shape and is now well underway after all 20 sides have played 21 matches. Matchweek 22 starts on Friday night as Marseille make the trip to Caen with both teams able to move up the table with a win. Caen are 10th and can go as high as 7th with three points while Marseille are 3rd and can leapfrog Lyon into 2nd with a win.

STATS

  • Caen are enjoying a decent season so far and will be happy to see themselves in the top half at this stage of the campaign. They’re not in the best of form at the moment with just one win in their last six in the league. However, this win came in their last match away at Bordeaux as they won 2-0 thanks to two goals inside the last two minutes of the game. They were beaten 1-0 by Lille in their last home fixture.
  • Marseille are having a good campaign so far and currently occupy one of the Champions League places, ahead of last year’s semi-finalists, Monaco. They have won all four of their last four in all competitions and go into this one with high confidence. They ran out 2-0 winners against Strasbourg in their last match and it was Dmitri Payet’s goal that stole the headlines with a brilliant dummy that actually injured the opposition goalkeeper!
  • Croatian striker, Ivan Santini, is Caen’s leading goal scorer this season and with seven goals in the league, Marseille can’t afford him too much room in the box.
  • Florian Thauvin has been one of Ligue 1’s stand-out performers this term and with nine goals and eight assists, not only is he Marseille’s top scorer, he is also a major threat.

HEAD TO HEAD

The recent record between these two sides doesn’t make good reading for Caen fans as their side have been beaten in all four of the last four meetings and last beat Marseille back in 2015. Caen have conceded 10 goals in the last two fixtures with the French giants despite scoring just one themselves and a repeat of last season’s five-goal hammering wouldn’t go down well. Thauvin got two in Marseille’s 5-0 win over Caen in the reverse fixture in November.

CAEN NEWS

A big win for Caen would see them move onto the cups of the European places and a run of good results could push them into those but without their suspended goalkeeper, Remy Vercoutre, they might struggle. Christian Kouakou and Jordan Tell have just returned from injuries while Valentin Voisin and Adama Mbengue won’t feature due to injury.

Latest matches: Olympique Marseille

16.01.2018 Ligu Olympique Marseille Racing Strasbourg 2:0 W
13.01.2018 Ligu Stade Rennes Olympique Marseille 0:3 W
07.01.2018 Coup Olympique Marseille Valenciennes FC 1:0 W
20.12.2017 Ligu Olympique Marseille Troyes AC 3:1 W
17.12.2017 Ligu Olympique Lyon Olympique Marseille 2:0 L

MARSEILLE NEWS

While catching PSG is still a long way off for Marseille, they will overtake Lyon with a win over Caen as Lyon play at the weekend. The visitors are without Gregory Sertic and Jordan Amavi for the clash as both players are currently injured.

Latest matches: Olympique Marseille

16.01.2018 Ligu Olympique Marseille Racing Strasbourg 2:0 W
13.01.2018 Ligu Stade Rennes Olympique Marseille 0:3 W
07.01.2018 Coup Olympique Marseille Valenciennes FC 1:0 W
20.12.2017 Ligu Olympique Marseille Troyes AC 3:1 W
17.12.2017 Ligu Olympique Lyon Olympique Marseille 2:0 L

SUMMARY

Marseille must be considered favourites for the three points in Friday night’s fixture due to their much stronger side but they can’t be complacent against a decent Caen team. The hosts will be hoping for their fans to inspire a strong performance against one of France’s top sides.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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