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OM-Monaco: the moment of truth for the Olympians and Monegasques?

2020-12-12T13:03:25.272Z

This Saturday (5 pm), Olympique de Marseille receives AS Monaco on behalf of the 14th day of Ligue 1. A meeting from the top of the table which could reveal whether the Olympians and Monegasques have the level of their ambitions.



The meeting between Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco, this Saturday (5 p.m.), sounds like the moment of truth for the Olympians and Monegasques.

The two teams, 4th and 5th respectively, have high ambitions in Ligue 1 this season.

They aim, at a minimum, for a qualifying place for a European Cup, at best the podium, or even the title if ever the championship were to be more open than usual.

This confrontation between direct competitors could thus prove to be decisive.

It could reveal if OM and ASM have the level of their objectives.

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OM remain on a good series

The Marseille club had a paradoxical first part of the season.

Despite his bankruptcy in the Champions League (1 victory and 5 defeats), his first months of the championship are very good from an accounting point of view.

The Olympians managed to collect points even having difficulties in their offensive animation.

They also obtained satisfactory results against the big teams of Ligue 1 (victory in Paris and two draws against Lille and Lyon).

They are currently in 4th place in the standings, with 24 points 2 points from 2nd place and 4 points from 1st place but with two fewer matches, against Lens and Nice.

Especially, the men of André Villas-Boas are in an excellent dynamic since they remain on five victories in a row. 

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Faced with ASM, the Marseillais will want to confirm their promising start to the championship as well as their progress in the game seen since their victory against FC Nantes (3-1).

But this Saturday, they will have to do without Dimitri Payet, suspended, who is starting to get back in shape and who is very useful to his team in building the game and in creating chances.

A victory would allow OM to definitely send a message to the rest of the competitors for the podium.

A draw would not be a bad result in the fight for the top spots, but a loss would eventually cast doubt on his ability to reach the top of the table.

The top 5 goals of Olympique de Marseille in Monaco

ASM is on the revival after its defeat against Lille

After a mixed start to the season, the Rocher club has chained four consecutive victories, including a stunning success against Paris Saint-Germain (3-2), to return to the fight for European places and the podium.

However, Niko Kovac's players lost last weekend against Lille (2-1), one of their direct competitors.

A setback which reflects the start of the Monegasque season quite well.

ASM accumulates points against teams considered weaker but struggles against the top teams, especially outside;

Evidenced by its defeats against Rennes (2-1), when the Breton club was still among the leading clubs, and Lyon (4-1). 

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This Saturday, against Olympique de Marseille, the Monegasque club must win to prove that it can play the leading roles this season.

This is also the goal of his coach: "But I'll be honest: we go to Marseille to win.

I'm not going to say we're going there to draw.

Our goal is to win, ”said the Croatian technician at a press conference.

To achieve this, Monaco must hope that Wissam Ben Yedder, affected by Covid-19 several weeks ago and who is gradually recovering, regains all his feelings.

The French international, who forms a good duo with his attacking friend Kevin Volland, could be the determining element on the side of ASM.

Response from 5 p.m. this Saturday.

AS Monaco's top 5 goals against Olympique de Marseille

Read also

  • Five in a row for OM, which puts pressure on PSG

  • Before Leipzig, Paris was overthrown in Monaco

  • The Ligue 1 ranking

  • The schedule for the 14th day of Ligue 1

Source: lefigaro

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