Marseille vs Monaco 09/01/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
Monaco vs Marseille
Sunday 1st September 2013 20:00(GMT)
The Line: Marseill 7/5 Draw 23/10 Monaco 23/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport1, Inivision Deportes
My first article on the french league is going to be short and sweet, its a game I identified earlier in the week as one with potential value in and after doing the research I feel my gut was spot on. Marseille have opened their league campaign with three straight wins and sit atop Ligue 1. Baup the Marseill boss knows its early in the season but its encouraging signs looking at the goals of Gignac, Payet and the performances of Ayew. Overall Marseille know it is going to be a very tough task to stay ahead of PSG and the heavy spending Monaco but now is a good time for Marseille to play Monaco as the new boys of the league have not quite gelled as a team yet.
Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri has seen a number of top quality players come in to the Monaco team in the last couple of years with most recently Mouthino and Falcao coming in for a ridiculous figure of £80m+. With a solid defence of experienced defenders like Carvalho and Abidal, Monace are not going to lose to many silly goals but pace is something that may cause this Monaco team problems and facing marseille and Ayew could be a recipe for disaster for Monaco. Over the three games this year though Monaco have proved themselves to be very difficult to beat and hard to score against.
A clash of the top teams here and one which I think will be a very tactical battle and one that neither team will want to lose. I'm taking the view that both set up conservatively and play at least 60 minutes of a tactical battle that see's lots of good defending but not much else. i'm taking the draw at halftime at 11/10 I just feel that this game could very well finish as a stalemate and I like the halftime bets in games like this.Follow me on twitter@antonpippo