Date Match League Bett Odd
26.08 MARSEILLE VS LORIENT France League 1 X 3.75 Bet365
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Marseille look for their first win of the new Ligue 1 season when they host Lorient on Friday evening. Our free betting predictions suggest that both teams will remain winless for another week.
Marseille had a torrid time in Ligue 1 last season as they slumped to a dismal 13th place finish in the table, nine places worse off than the French giants managed in the 2014/15 campaign.

It didn’t improve when the season ended either, as star striker Michy Batshuayi was lured away by Chelsea and the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Steven Mandanda, and Nicolas N’Koulou all left the club as well. No big name replacements have come in, and their season hasn’t begun well at all either.

They opened the season with a bore draw at home to last season’s relegation candidates Toulouse, and they followed it up with a deserved defeat at Guingamp. The visiting Marseille had the majority of the ball but failed to carve out openings as the hosts hit back with a flurry of attacks. Guingamp went 2-0 up within an hour before Florian Thauvin hit back with 12 minutes remaining, but Marseille couldn’t find an equaliser and remain winless this season.

Lorient haven’t started any better though. Their opening game was a polar opposite to Marseille’s drab encounter, but the 3-2 win for the hosting Caen still left Lorient empty handed despite a decent performance. They followed this with a much more convincing 3-0 defeat at home to Bastia last weekend to leave them languishing on zero points.

The visitors will have been hoping to gain at least some points from these two fixtures, as they were difficult but not unwinnable and as one of the perennial bottom half of the table sides every point matters for Lorient. They finished last season in 15th position and the season before down in 16th, seven points and six points clear of the relegation zone respectively.

Lorient aren’t the best on the road in Ligue 1, but they do have the ability to pick up some points. They have lost four of their last seven and managed a return of seven points. They will feel quietly confident about their meeting with Marseille as well, because the hosts have won just one of their last 17 Ligue 1 games at the Stade Velodrome.

Of these 17 12 of them have ended all square, whilst Lorient have drawn five of their last 16 on the road as well. Marseille are always good value to only pick up a point, and at 3.75 this week is no exception. They haven’t looked capable of winning so far this season but they are difficult to beat at home, so that’s what I’m backing along with a trademark 1-1 correct score prediction at 7.0.

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