Marseille did a good job last time out in Ligue 1 on the road to Lens when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
They looked more versatile with the ball since the start and took the lead from the penalty executed by Payet in the 34th. A similar play was seen in the continuation, as the guests were creating decent opportunities, and the reward came in the 77th when Bacambu removed all questions about the winner in this one.
Marseille holds 3rd spot in the general rankings, having two points less compared to Nice, and a ticket for direct promotion to the Champions League.
They will miss defensive midfielder Gueye (15/0) and forward Dieng (14/4) who are on international duty, plus forward De La Fuente (16/0).
Montpellier positively surprised in their last home match against favored Monaco when they had a certain dose of luck on their side, and celebrated with a narrow 3:2 victory.
St. Triden did a decent job last time out on the road against favored Antwerp when despite the bookie’s opinion, they were good enough to take a point in a 1:1 draw.
Even though they conceded first in the 32nd, the guests showed good play in transition as the match progressed, and successfully equalized over Hara, who was accurate later in the 53rd minute.
St. Truiden occupies 11th place in the Jupiler League rankings, having six points less than playoff-placed Kortrijk.
Goalkeeper Schmidt (22/0) and midfielder Konate (14/2) should be out on international duty. Injured remain goalkeeper Steppe (1/0), midfielder van Dessel (5/0) and forward De Ridder (12/1).
Charleroi, on the contrary, failed to meet the expectations in the last round at home against previously mentioned Kortrijk, clearly lacking more concentration at the finishing and taking only a point in a 1:1 draw.
Club Brugge is coming to this clash after a minor setback last time out on the road to Standard when they took only a point in a 2:2 draw, despite being considered as a strong favorite by the bookmaker’s side.
They were in a 2:1 deficit after forty-eight minutes of play, but successfully leveled up the score later in the 59th, generally appearing slightly better in this one, but definitely not using their potential to its fullest.
They are currently at the 3rd spot in the overall standings, having nine points less than their opponents in the upcoming clash.
The hosts will miss suspended central-back Hendry (16/0), while out are also defensive midfielder Mbamba (14/0) and offensive Providence who didn’t play yet anyway.
Waregem failed to be more competitive in their last away fixture against favored Cercle Brugge when they were routinely outplayed with a 3:1 result and showed a fair amount of naivety.
They had a 2:0 deficit after the first forty-five minutes, visibly raising their level of play when the match moved to the second. Even so, the guests only managed to reduce over Vossen in the 89th, but still, leaving the home side with an opportunity to be effective one more time in the fourth minutes of added, which they welcomed with open arms and settled the final result in this clash.
Waregem is currently at the 16th spot in the rankings, just on top of the danger zone, having four points more compared to the relegation-worried Seraing.
The hosts miss defender van Aken (1/0), midfielders Sormo (9/0), and Sissako (12/2).
Antwerp did their part of the job in the last round away to underdogs from Oostende when they appeared slightly more creative with the ball and took a close 1:2 victory.
They had the ball to their feet for most of the time during this clash but faced minor inconvenience at the begging of the second when they conceded over Medley. However, they bounced back perfectly, as they leveled up over Frey in the 60th, and set the final result in this clash ten minutes later when Balikwisha used his chance to score.
Antwerp is at the 3rd spot in the Jupiler League standings, having ten points less than leaders from Royale Union.
Right-back Buta (11/0) is out, as well as central defender Seck (13/0) due to international duty, plus a couple of really long-term absentees that didn’t play this season anyway.
Almeria is coming to this clash after a narrow 2:1 defeat last time out on the road against Lugo, lacking a bit more concentration at the finishing for a more concrete result.
They conceded two times after twenty-three minutes of play, but generally speaking, we’re in an aggressive state since the begging. Unfortunately, the guests were disallowed with two goals during the first part and only managed to reduce later in the 88th after the home side scored its own goal.
Almeria holds the leading spot in the rankings, but they are facing some problems lately, as they failed to record a positive result in their last three appearances in LaLiga2.
Forward Sadiq (19/8) is away on international duty, while forwards Villar (6/1) and Sousa (13/4) should remain out too.
Torino is coming to this clash with positive thoughts, as they are currently enjoying a mini-two match positive run, winning their last fixture on the road to Sampdoria with a close 1:2 result.
They conceded first in the 18th, but successfully bounced back and equalized over Singo nine minutes later. The visitors generally appeared much better during the second part and deservedly scored one more time later in the 67th over Praet, demonstrating more than decent offensive capabilities here.
Torino holds 10th spot in the standings, currently having four points less compared to the European-placed Fiorentina.
They will miss injured forward Belotti (9/2), while on international duty remains defensive midfielder Aina (16/0).
Lazio had some problems in their latest Coppa Italia clash at home against underdogs from Udinese but still celebrated in the end after Immobile was able to score the only one in the extra time.
Their latest Serie A performance was more than satisfying, as they convincingly outplayed Salernitana on the road with a 0:3 result, keeping their hopes for the European exit still alive, as they are now six points in deficit compared to the fifth-placed Juventus.
Defender Acerbi (18/3) misses out, as well as midfielders Akpa Akpro (8/0) and Pedro (22/7), while forward Anderson (3/0), midfielder Basic (14/0), and defender Radu (5/0) remain doubtful.
Espanyol narrowly escaped defeat in their last appearance on the road against Cadiz when they had a certain dose of luck and managed to pull out a 2:2 draw.
They took an early lead in the 10th over Morlanes, but were generally outplayed in transition, and conceded two times in the 54th and later in the first minute of added time, but even so, successfully bounced back with an equalizer over de Tomas just before the match ended, as mentioned, narrowly escaping defeat in this one.
Espanyol is currently at 11th spot in the general rankings, having five points less than European-placed Barcelona.
Defender Pedrosa (19/1) is back from suspension, as well as midfielder Bare (14/0), with central-back Cabrera (21/1) being suspended now, and defensive Vila (4/0) being out too.
In a pretty dynamic two-leg Super Cup final, Bilbao failed to lift the trophy, but overly looking, they were competitive across both legs against favorites from Real Madrid, even winning the first one with a 2:1 result.
The second leg delivered them quite a disappointment, as they had a chance to reduce their 2:0 deficit and move the match to extra time, but unfortunately, they missed a penalty in the last minutes, definitely shocking their fans to their core.
Their latest LaLiga appearance brought them only a point in a 0:0 stalemate away against underdogs from Alaves when they appeared to passively in the front for a better result.
Bilbao currently holds 9th spot in the rankings, being four points in deficit compared to their opponents n the upcoming match.
Central defender Nunez (7/0) is out, as well as midfielder Vencedor (20/0) and forward Villalibre (7/0).