Lyon couldn’t do much more in a 4:2 loss away to PSG but will neither be disappointed with it. Their whole season is going in the wrong direction and it wasn’t realistic for them to walk away with something against individually the strongest team in the country.
They are not having a proper season for now and Coupe de France remains as one of the ways to improve the atmosphere and bring some joy to their fans – also to get the Europa League exit – so rotation isn’t that likely.
Marseille pulled out a 1:0 victory at home against Toulouse. A long-distance shot from Payet at the start of the second halftime made the difference, even though the team didn’t create much in a game that wasn’t to die for.
They now look more tight at the back, although the opponents weren’t that quality in recent weeks. They remain undefeated in the last sixteen official matches and couldn’t wish for a much better season to be realistic.
Marseille now seems quite safe at the second position in Ligue 1 and I expect them to appear fully motivated in this one. Not only it’s against their enemy, but also a quarter-final of the Cup competition anyway doesn’t sound like much of a team rotated.
Forward Depay (13/9), offensive Reine-Adelaide (14/2), right-back Dubois (13/0) and left-back Kone (11/0) remain out injured for the hosts. Marseille should only miss long-term forward Thauvin (1/0).
It’s really difficult to see Lyon as favorites now. They do have good offensive quality also home support, but Marseille’s biggest problem remains with firm defensive tactics and lineups of their opponents that are defending from the first moment.
This shouldn’t be the case tonight. Quite an open game is what I expect, with both teams having more than a couple of really good goalscoring opportunities.