The intrigue in this edition of the French Ligue 1 is not about the league title – it’s obvious that PSG will take the gold. So the maximum for everyone else is obvious: 2nd place. Marseille are still in the lead for the vice-championship, but they need to avoid losing points at home to Reims on Wednesday to end the 1st round like that. Will we be able to beat this rival at the Velodrome? The website analysts have posted a prediction and preview for the match on December 22nd, 2021. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet login.
Marseille are now more successful in the league than in European competitions
“Provençal are used to failing on the international stage. Suffice it to recall the passage made by Villas-Boas after the Champions League debacle. The Portuguese has now been out of the club for almost a year, and his former charges have been unsuccessful in the Europa League, where they beat only Lokomotiv Moscow. However, it seems that Jorge Sampaoli and his charges are more interested in the struggle in their own championship. There is much to be proud of there: despite the demarches of the fans, even having played 17 matches, 1 less than most, it is Marseille that is 2nd in the table. It has 3 wins in its last 4 matches, and 1 defeat in 10.
Reims are holding their own, but have added to the winter.
“Champagne, despite their status as one of the country’s legendary clubs, have long since turned into a team that either hangs around in Ligue 2 or, a floor above, struggles not to fall there. However, we cannot say that the club are now among the outsiders – the gap from the relegation zone is big. Rather, we should say that they are closing in on a tight peloton. Reims have 22 points, Strasbourg, who are in 7th place, have only 4 more. It is clear that they will not climb into the Eurocup zone in the 1st round. That said, Oscar Garcia’s charges have finally started to get their way. If before the end of October they had only 2 wins, now the Champagne side have 1 defeat in the last 6 rounds. Moreover, 1-2 with Angers diluted the series of 3 wins, which allowed to comfortably break away from the relegation zone.
Marseille played poorly against Reims, winning very rarely. But just last season, it turned out well in this respect for the Provençalians: a draw at home and a long-awaited away win.
Marseille look stronger overall in the current league. Yes, Reims have gained momentum in recent weeks, but it will still be a meeting at the Velodrome – believe the home side will win there (odds – 1.73).