Monaco vs Marseille Prediction & Match Preview

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Monaco vs Marseille has the potential to be an exciting fixture. As of now, Monaco have proven to be the same team that just barely avoided relegation last year. This is a colossal fall from grace for a club that has been so successful in the last 5 years. Marseille are also far from meeting the standards of their highly esteemed past. It has been year after year of mediocrity for Marseille. However, a win against Monaco can propel them into the top four. Monaco vs Marseille kicks off on Sunday afternoon.

Monaco vs Marseille Prediction & Match Preview

Sunday, September 15 – 15:00 EST – Stade Louis II

After three Ligue 1 matches, Monaco have yet to win a single game. To make matters worse, they have not faced quality competition outside of Lyon. Three of their four opponents are placed below 12th place in Ligue 1 at the moment. This is embarrassing for a Monaco squad who has the quality to finish top four year after year. The reappointment of Leonardo Jardim as manager has done nothing to change their fortune from last season’s disaster. It is difficult to identify the specific issues at the moment. Monaco have tried three different formations in three games. Jardim needs to pick one and stick with it. The players need to feel comfortable. It may be an issue of mindset. When you field players with quality such as Golovin, Slimani, Ben Yedder, Silva, Martins and Glik it is inexcusable to produce such awful performances.

Marseille have been decent so far. Technically, they are in a five way tie for 5th place. This club has managed to secure seven points in four games. They can certainly do better. An area of concern for Marseille supporters is their inability to find the back of the net. They have a goal return of three goals in four games. With Mario Balotelli gone, new signing Dario Benedetto is the lone goal threat. Their performance away to Nice was a positive sign for the club. They earned three points on the road to above average competition. New manager Andres Villas-Boas is still figuring things out. Once he feels fully comfortable in France, you get the feeling that this team can challenge for a Champions League position come season’s end.

OUR PICK: DRAW OR MARSEILLE DOUBLE CHANCE

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