Sunday 22 Jan

Lyon vs Marseille Match Preview

21 Jan 2017 Stuart S. FRANCE: Ligue 1
FRANCE: Ligue 1

Olympique Lyon

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L


20:00 GMT
22 January 2017

Olympique Marseille

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

20:00 GMT 22 January 2017

The Lyon vs. Marseille match will be played on Sunday, January 22, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. This is matchday 21 in the 2016/17 Ligue Un season.

Lyon are sitting in fourth place with 34 points from 19 games while Marseille are sixth with 30 points from 20 games.


Both Marseille and Lyon have won four of their last five Ligue Un matches.

Both Marseille and Lyon lost last weekend, the first game back after the winter break.

Lyon have been winning at HT/FT in five of their last seven home games in Ligue Un.

Four of the last five Marseille Ligue Un matches have seen a total of three or more goals.

Three of the last five Lyon Ligue Un matches have seen a total of three or more goals.


The two sides met in September in Marseille where they ground out a goalless draw.

Six of the last eight meetings between the two sides have been drawn with the other two games being won by the home side. Marseille haven’t won in Lyon since 2007

Head to head matches: Olympique Lyon - Olympique Marseille

18.09.2016 Ligu Olympique Marseille Olympique Lyon 0:0
24.01.2016 Ligu Olympique Lyon Olympique Marseille 1:1
20.09.2015 Ligu Olympique Marseille Olympique Lyon 1:1

Latest matches: Olympique Lyon

15.01.2017 Ligu SM Caen Olympique Lyon 3:2 L
08.01.2017 Coup Olympique Lyon Montpellier HSC 5:0 W
21.12.2016 Ligu Olympique Lyon SCO Angers 2:0 W
18.12.2016 Ligu AS Monaco Olympique Lyon 1:3 W
14.12.2016 Coup Olympique Lyon EA Guingamp 5:6 L

Latest matches: Olympique Marseille

15.01.2017 Ligu Olympique Marseille AS Monaco 1:4 L
08.01.2017 Coup Toulouse FC Olympique Marseille 1:2 W
21.12.2016 Ligu SC Bastia Olympique Marseille 1:2 W
18.12.2016 Ligu Olympique Marseille Lille OSC 2:0 W
13.12.2016 Coup FC Sochaux Olympique Marseille 5:4 L



The big question on Lyon fans lips is whether £16m signing Memphis Depay will make his debut on Sunday. It will be a major surprise if he doesn’t with Rachid Ghezzal at the Africa Cup of Nations. Nicholas N’Koulou is also absent for that reason.

Losing 2:3 to Caen last weekend left Lyon eight points behind third-placed PSG, a daunting gap even with a game in hand. Once regular entrants in the Champions League, Lyon are battling for a Europa League place and have put themselves into a good position for a return to European football next season.

Alexandre Lacazette has shaken off last summer’s transfer speculation and has netted 15 of Lyon’s 36 Ligue Un goals. He’s scored in the last four matches, including a brace in last weekend’s defeat. It’s vital for Lyon’s continued rise up the table that he maintains his form.

However the club’s hierarchy realised the squad’s over-reliance on his goals hence the signing of Depay from Manchester United.


Attempts to bring Dmitri Payet back to the south of France seem to have failed, despite the riches of their new American owner.

While West Ham are concerned at L’Olympique dropping out of the race for the French international, the affair reflects badly on the new regime at the Stade Velodrome.

This is a club with a chequered past and needing a boost to compete with PSG and the upstarts at Monaco and Nice. Failure is not an option.

Yet they’ve recorded just two away wins this season and go into this game on the back of a 1:4 thrashing from Monaco. That was their only defeat in the last six (W4, D1) so maybe things aren’t so bad.

The injury list is growing in Marseille with Abou Diaby, Henri Bedimo and Tomas Hubocan missing, along with Clinton N’Jie who is at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Marseille’s biggest problem is consistency in front of goal. Bafetimbi Gomis has 4 in 5 but few others are answering the side’s need to score. In the past 5 games, they average 2 goals per game but that’s not good enough against the top sides and explains their poor record against teams above them in the table (D2, L4).


History suggests this will be a draw and there’s little or nothing to suggest any different outcome.

Both sides lost their first post-Christmas matches and both were bad defeats. Lyon for the opposition and Marseille for the scoreline. Neither will want to lose this match so an unadventurous affair should be expected.

Marseille expected to field a big-name signing but Lyon will. That may prove to be the difference between the two sides. Memphis Depay, Manchester United zero to Lyon hero? What are the odds…

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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