Olympique Marseille at Olympique Lyonnais
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 3:05 PM (Groupama Stadium)
Lyon welcome Marseille to Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday for a huge Coupe de France quarter-final clash. Can Marseille continue their unbeaten run? Or will Lyon advance to the last four?
Lyon have been involved in some high-scoring games during their Coupe de France campaign this season. Rudi Garcia’s side kicked things off with a thumping 7-0 win over FBBP 01 and edged Nantes 4-3 in the Round of 16. Houssem Aouar then scored an injury-time penalty in the previous round as Lyon beat Nice 2-1. Lyon are now aiming to reach their first Coupe de France final since 2012.
Following a 4-2 defeat to PSG last time out, Lyon find themselves ninth in Ligue 1. Garcia’s men have been extremely inconsistent this season and their record of W9-D6-L9 underlines that. After picking up back-to-back wins over Bordeaux and Toulouse, Lyon are now without a win in three and remain stuck in mid-table. Only two sides in the division have scored more goals than Lyon in the division, but their defense hasn’t been good enough this term.
Olympique de Marseille
Marseille avoided a shock early exit in the Round of 64. The Ligue 1 side were held to a 1-1 draw by Trelissac before eventually overcoming their lower-league opponents on penalties. Marseille then cruised past Granville with a 3-0 win, setting up a Round of 16 tie with fellow top-flight club Strasbourg. A comfortable 3-1 victory over Strasbourg ensured Marseille advanced to the last eight of the competition.
Andre Villas-Boas' side come into this game on the back of a remarkable 13-game unbeaten run in the league which has seen them cement second place in the Ligue 1 standings. Marseille are currently eight points clear of third-place Rennes, but remain 12 points behind league leaders PSG. Marseille have lost just three of their 24 league games this term and have undoubtedly been the second-best team – after PSG – in France this season.
Prediction and Pick
The bookmakers have made Lyon the favorite to win this matchup and odds of 2.20 may tempt some people. However, Marseille have been far better than Lyon this season, so odds of 3.30 for the away win seem too good to miss here. Lyon’s home advantage has undoubtedly impacted their price for this game, but Marseille have been excellent both home and away this season.