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OL-OM: A capital Olympico (9 PM, Téléfoot)

Published on 03 October 2020 at 7:00 AM
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On Sunday, OL and OM will meet at Groupama Stadium in one of the first big matches of the season (9 p.m.). Authors of a mixed start to the season, both Lyon and Marseille see this match as a suitable opportunity to make an impression and to get this unique season on the right track.

The context

After five matchdays, OL have only six points and are lagging in eleventh place in the table, having only won once (4-1 against Dijon in the opening fixture). Since then, Les Gones have had three draws and one loss in four matches. Four points away from the podium, Rudi Garcia's players have to get closer to the top places and and can do so by defeating an opponent who was the source of plenty of anguish last season.


The challenge

Indeed, even if the second match in the league could not be played because of the pandemic, OM had outclassed Lyon in the first (2-1). And while OL took their revenge a few months later in the Coupe de France (1-0), this setback in Ligue 1 was difficult as it was an unusual result against this opponent: OM hadn't won an Olympico in the league since 2014. It will therefore be necessary to erase the memory of this result and above all to show this team's quality. Last season, the matches against direct competitors for the European places were very difficult (one win, seven losses against the top 5) -- it will also be a question of reversing this trend.


The opponent

After a great start (two victories including one in the Classico), OM have slipped a bit and have been winless in their last three matches (one loss, two draws). The results could even have been even more stark as the players of André Villas-Boas were only able to get a draw in added time last week in Metz (1-1). The opponents' form is a good bit of luck for OL, especially since this year Marseille have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer window in France (Gueye, Balerdi, Nagatomo, Luis Henrique). All of these new arrivals will certainly require a period of adjustment which could benefit OL.










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