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Olympique Lyonnais vs. Olympique de Marseille 11/21/21 Ligue 1 Soccer Picks, Best Bets and Odds

Olympique Lyonnais vs. Olympique de Marseille
November 21, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -175, Under 2.5 +137
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Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille are clashing at Groupama Stadium in round 14 of the French Ligue 1. Lyon is scoring quite a lot, and pretty consistently, but they are also conceding a lot of goals so far this season. Marseille has been better on the defensive end, but they are not scoring as effectively even though they have a solid team in the attacking end.

Lyon has lost only 2 of their last 10 games, they are doing well in the Europa League, and they are climbing the Ligue 1 standings. Lyon is now in 8th place with 19 points, 21 scored goals, and 21 conceded goals. Paqueta is the leading goalscorer for Lyon with 5 goals, while Dembele and Ekambi added 4 goals each. The biggest problem for Lyon right now is their injury list because some of their best starts are on it. Lyon was playing against Rennais on the road in their last game, and they have had 52% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 85% of the correct passes. Defensively, Lyon was all over the place, they conceded 4 goals, and they ended up losing this game 4-1. Lyon is not far away from the Champions League spot, and there is still a lot of time left, but Lyon will need to improve their defense a lot if they want to get there.

Marseille is undefeated in their last 7 games, but they have won only 2 of those games, and they have dropped out of the top 3 in Ligue 1. Marseille has been solid on both ends with 20 scored goals and only 12 conceded goals, but they need a lot of chances to score a goal lately. In their last game against Metz, Marseille was the dominant team with 76% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 90% of the correct passes. Despite having all the possession and creating all the chances, Marseille couldn’t score a goal, not even when Metz conceded a red card in the 56th minute. The final score of this match was 0-0. Payet has scored 6 goals for Marseille so far this season, while Guendouzi added 3 assists. Marseille is playing against Galatasaray in the Europa League next week, and if they want to have a chance at advancing to the next stage, Marseille needs a win. Overall, I think Marseille is a good team, they have a solid defense, and they definitely have the quality to score more goals.

Honestly, this game could go either way in my opinion, but with Lyon’s terrible defense and solid offense, I see goals on both sides here, and I will take it.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 -125

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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