Montpellier vs Olympique (Marseille): predictions and betting tips on the French Ligue 1 match on January 2, 2023

Oliver White Oliver White Dailysports expert
Montpellier vs Marseille prediction Montpellier - Olympique (Marseille)
Montpellier Montpellier
Ligue 1 France 02 jan 2023, 13:00 Montpellier - Marseille
Finished
1 : 2
France, Montpellier, Stade de la Mosson
Marseille Marseille
Teji Savanier
90 + 1’ (P)
47’
Nuno Tavares
61’ (OG)
Maxime Esteve
Prediction on game Total over 2.5
Odds: 1.68

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On January 2, Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier) will host the match of the 17th round of French Ligue 1, in which Montpellier will compete with Olympique (Marseille). The battle will start at 19:00 CET.

Montpellier

The club experienced its peak at the beginning of the previous decade. First, it managed to win the Ligue Cup in 2011, and a year later, “La Paillade” sensationally became the champions of the country. The team hasn’t achieved even similar results since then. Moreover, it quickly “slipped” to the lower part of the standings where, to say the truth, it did not struggle for survival. The 13th place in the end of the previous season was the same. And nowadays, Montpellier cannot add in the game. The team had got 4 wins and 14 points in 15 matches by November. Coming back after the pause, “La Paillade” went to Lorient and took an important and rather unexpected victory with a 2-0 score.

Olympic (Marseille)

The team has become a kind of hostage because of its specific management. There could be no complaints about Jorge Sampaoli's coaching performance – he finished the previous season in the 2nd place, being only behind PSG. But in the summer discussing the transfers, there happened a huge quarrel with the Argentine specialist! The coach was replaced by Igor Tudor, who seems to have shown his potential as a coach in Serie A, but his results haven’t been so good after moving from Italy to France. The vice-champion met the pause in the tournament in the 4th place – that means not serious, but still a decline. Especially if we take into account the last place in the Champions League quartet. “The Provencals” started December with a battle against Toulouse. And they simply destroyed their opponent, winning with an unbelievable 6-1 score.

The statistics of head-to-head matches

Montpellier won only 1 match out of 10 previous ones – that was in the autumn of 2018. Last season, Marseille beat “La Paillade” twice in the championship and knocked the team out of the 1/8 cup on penalties.

Predictions

Bookmakers consider Olympique to be the undisputed favourite of the struggle. But Montpellier made a surprise a round ago. So let's choose a pretty neutral option of “total: over 2.5” (odd: 1.68).

Prediction on game Total over 2.5
Odds: 1.68

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