OM-OL: The pressure is on! (9 p.m. Canal +)
The challenging trips to Bordeaux, Montpellier and Lorient to launch the 2020-21 season are a thing of the past. Since their first three away trips without tasting victory, OL has gradually established itself as a team that travels very well, having become the side with the best away record in Ligue 1. And even if it was a win under duress, coming at the very end of the match, the victory earned through talent and then resilience away to Brest a week ago confirmed OL's excellent away form for the moment and kept an unbeaten run on the road of 12 matches (eight wins and four draws). This is obviously excellent news when it comes time to follow that result with a second consecutive away trip, this time to face Marseille at the Vélodrome.
These very good performances away from Groupama Stadium have offset the two poor results suffered at home since the start of 2021 and have allowed the Lyonnais, sitting second before the 27th matchday of league play, to keep up the frantic pace set by the leading quartet of LOSC-OL-PSG-ASM. Used in recent weeks to putting pressure on their direct competitors, Memphis and his teammates will this time finish out the weekend, playing Sunday evening in prime-time, with the results of the other teams in mind and perhaps under obligation to win the Olympico so as not to lose ground on leader Lille leader or to be overtaken by the Parisians, currently in third, or even AS Monaco, who sit fourth.
The mistral has been blowing hard, very hard on Marseille for the last few weeks. It has swept away the lofty ambitions of the start of the season and pushed coach André Villas-Boas to pack his bags. Nasser Larguet, director of the academy, has since taken over and has done more than keep the boat afloat with just one loss to PSG in his five matches in charges. But the Marseillais, now sitting in seventh, did not really move up the table, with just one victory in this period. The pressure from the club's supporters will be squarely on the shoulders of Payet, Thauvin, and Mandanda... and will be at its peak when the 101st Olympico in history kicks off.