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.
Marseille did just enough in the last round on the road against underdogs from Bordeaux when they performed slightly more creatively and recorded a victory with a minimal result.
They were on the offensive since the begging and successfully scored over Under back in the 37th, probably deserving a more convincing one, as their appearance was visibly better.
Marseille is positioned at the 3rd spot in Ligue 1 standings, having three points less than second-placed Nice.
The hosts miss defensive midfielder Gueye (15/0) and forward Dieng (14/4) due to AFCON. Goalkeeper Mandada (4/0) won’t play, as well as central-back Gonzalez (6/0). Midfielder Gerson (17/3) and forward Milik (11/1) are doubtful.
Nantes positively surprised in their latest Ligue 1 appearance away against favored St Etienne when they performed more creatively with the ball and took a narrow 0:1 victory.
It was a late winner for Nantes in this one, as they scored over Kolo Muani in the 83rd, probably having a certain dose of luck here, as the hosts were significantly more dangerous during the second part.
Nantes is positioned at the 7th spot in the standings, having three points less than European-placed Montpellier.
Offensive players Coco (14/0) and Bukari (9/0) were tested positive recently. Central-back Castelletto (16/1), left-back Traore (12/0), offensive midfielder Simon (18/2), and forward Coulibaly (10/1) are away on international duty.
Rennes appeared spectacularly last time out away against St Etienne when they were quite convincing and recorded a 0:5 victory.
They performed with more creativity with the ball from the start, scoring three during the first, and two more in the second, not leaving much room for the hosts to be at least somewhat challenging.
Rennes holds 2nd spot in the general rankings, eleven points in deficit compared to the leaders from PSG.
Forward Doku (6/1) is injured, as well as defender Meling (15/0) and midfielders Tait (14/2).
Nice, on the contrary, failed to be more creative in their last appearance at home against Strasbourg when they were routinely outplayed with a 0:3 result.
Montepellier ended their losing momentum in their last appearance on the road against Metz when they performed quite well in the front and recorded a 1:3 victory.
They opened the match in a better way and reached a 0:3 lead after forty-eight minutes of play. The home side eventually raised their aggressiveness in the continuation, but only managed to reduce later in the 70th, lacking more creativity at the finishing for a better result.
Montpellier is at 9th spot in the general rankings, four points in deficit compared to the European-placed Lens.
They will miss central-back Esteve (13/0) and long-term absentee defender Mendes.
Rennes did their part of the job last time in the Conference League at home against underdogs from Mura when they took a victory with a minimal result but definitely deserved a more convincing one in my opinion.
They had control over the match from the start, but only managed to be effective once over Bade in the 76th, not using their generally much better appearance to its full potential.
Rennes is doing well this season in Ligue 1, as they are in a six-match unbeaten run, currently occupying the 5th spot in the overall standings, three points in deficit compared to the Europa League placed Marseille.
They will miss suspended midfielder Martin (5/1), while doubtful remains offensive midfielder Doku (3/0).
Strasbourg made a decent appearance last time out on the road against slightly favored Lens when they did just enough to record a victory with a minimal result.
They were quite passive during the first part, but having a player more on the pitch since 50th opened their path for something more concrete. The guests used their chance in the 67th and scored over Ajorque and recorded their second consecutive victory in Ligue 1.
Strasbourg is at 9th spot in the overall standings, having two points less compared to the European-placed Lorient.
Forwards Mothiba and Dion (both no play this season) are out, as well as midfielder Bellegarde (6/0). Offensive Waris (5/0) is doubtful.
Brest barely escaped from a defeat last time out at home against slightly favored Rennes when they took a point in a 1:1 draw.
The hosts showed a decent game in transition here but found themselves in a position to chase the result, as they were in the deficit since the 84th minute, luckily not losing their focus and with a beautiful goal over Le Douaron just before the match ended, took a point in this clash.
Goalkeeper Cibois, defender Herelle and midfielder Said are all out for this one, without playing anyway so far.
Monaco did just enough in their last Ligue 1 clash on the road against Reims when they took an important 0:1 victory.
Overly looking, they kept their guard up during the whole clash, not taking any unnecessary risks, but never the less appeared slightly sharper at the finishing and scored the only one in this clash over Matazo back in the 20th minute.
Monaco is currently at 3rd spot in the general standings, having only two points less than direct ticket Champions League-placed PSG.
The home team will miss suspended forward Geubbels (14/1), plus defender Matsima (9/0) and midfielder Matazo (9/1). Offensive Diop (32/7) is doubtful for the moment, with forward Jovetic (29/6) also being unlikely to play.
Lens managed to be somewhat competitive last time out on the road against PSG, but they still suffered a 2:1 loss.
They were outplayed during the first sixty minutes of play, as they conceded two goals in that period, but their offense looked better and better as the match moved towards the end.
The guests reduced over Ganago right after they conceded their second one, but unfortunately for them, not being in a position to do something more in this one.
Lens is currently at 5th spot in the rankings, but they need to on alert as both Marseille and Rennes are in a position to threaten them.
Left-back Sylla (20/1) is suspended, while injured is also left-back Haidara (24/2). Central-back Diallo (25/0) should be out injured too.