Reims (10-13-4) clashes with Marseille (17-5-5) on matchday 28 of the French Ligue 1! Catch Ligue 1 odds series Here, with our prediction and selection of Reims-Marseille.
Reims have been unbeaten in the last five games of the tournament. After a 3-1 loss to Toulouse in the French Cup, Reims will be hoping to pick up a crucial three points to move one step closer to a top-five finish in France’s top flight.
Marseille’s last game in February and the first of March ended with negative results, where they lost 3-0 to PSG and 7-6 to Annecy FC in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France. Like the hosts, Marseille will turn their attention to the remaining matches of the French national tournament and hope to build on their two-game unbeaten streak.
Here are the Reims-Marseille football oddscourtesy of FanDuel.
Ligue 1 odds: Reims-Marseille odds
More than 2.5 Goals: -114
Less than 2.5 Goals: -100
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Why Reims can beat Marseille
Reims are in eighth place in the Ligue 1 table, just above the middle of the table. With 43 points won from 10 wins and 13 draws from 27 games, it looks like Reims can still survive in France’s top flight. Their last taste of defeat came in February against Toulouse in the French Cup. Reims’ last defeat in Ligue 1 was in September when AS Monaco thrashed them 3-0.
In their last 23 official matches, Reims had just lost twice. They currently have an active winning streak that includes wins against Troyes, Toulouse, Ajaccio and Monaco, as well as a goalless draw with Nice. The last six Ligue 1 games for Reims have also ended with clean sheets. Reims have a 7-4-2 record when playing at home, which is the fifth-best mark in the league.
Belgian coach Will Still hopes Folarin Balogun will continue his scoring streak. In 23 starts in 26 games played, he has found the back of the net 16 times. He has the third best scoring record, along with Alexandre Lacazette Wissam Ben Yedder. Only Kylian Mbappé and Jonathan David are ahead of them by three goals. Junya Ito, Marshall Munetsi and Alexis Flips also contributed to Reims’ 12 goals scored this season. Jens Cajuste and Kamory Doumbia have four goal appearances for the team.
For the Stade de Reims, Noah Jean Holm and Myziane Maolida are the main absentees. Emmanuel Agbadou is doubtful to make an appearance. Reims expects to get positive results of 13.8 total shots, 4.1 corner kicks and 1.3 goals that the team averages per game. On the defensive side, the rojiblancos aspire to equal or exceed the club averages of 19.4 tackles, 11.4 interceptions, 16.9 clearances and 3.1 saves. Reims will also need to reduce their lost possession (141.6) and fouls (13.1) per game. Reims have been unbeaten in their last nine home games, and they will be sure to extend that record.
Why Marseille can beat Reims
Marseille’s title charge saw a bit of dysfunction from October to November 2022. However, OM responded well in 2023, losing just three times in all contests. However, it is worth noting that they have performed better away from home than they have at the Velodrome, posting a 10-2-1 record on their travels where they picked up 32 points from their 56 points. Marseille is now third in the French Ligue with a record of 17-5-5.
Marseille lost 3-0 to PSG in their last game in February, as well as losing to Annecy FC in the penalty shootout that saw their exit from the French Cup. Marseille responded to these defeats with a 1-0 win against Stade Rennais. OM’s most recent game was a 2-2 draw with Strasbourg, the same scoreline as their last meeting back in October.
As a team, Marseille have scored 51 goals, 29 assists and 27 conceded. They are also scoring 14.3 total shots, 8.2 successful dribbles, 5.6 corner kicks and 1.9 goals per game. They are averaging 55.5% ball possession in 27 games. Alexis Sánchez leads the team with 10 goals while Jonathan Clauss has eight assists. Nuno Tavares and Cengiz Under contribute six goals each. Sead Kolasinac, Jordan Veretout and Dimitri Payet follow close behind with five goals each.
Manager Igor Tudor will strive to achieve this on his journey and extend his winning streak as he plays away to eight straight games. They have also kept clean sheets in five of the last six away games. However, Amine Harit is out for this game while Leonardo Balerdi is suspended. Samuel Gigot should return to defense with Sead Kolasinac and Chancel Mbemba. Alexis Sánchez, Cengiz Under and Ruslan Malinovskyi are also set to take over. Pau López will continue in his position as goalkeeper.
Prediction and selection of the final Reims-Marseille
Reims and Marseille are ready to make this an interesting match. There will be no clean sheets counted in this game, but based on their first meeting in August, Marseille feel they have a slightly better lead than Reims. The visitors return to get the league double against the locals.
Reims-Marseille Final Prediction and Forecast: Marseille (+135), Over 2.5 Goals (-114)