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Back Marseille to Stifle Lorient in Ligue 1

After finishing third in Ligue 1 in 2022-23 to secure their third podium finish in four years, Olympique de Marseille embarked on a rebuilding summer, parting ways with Igor Tudor and hiring Marcelino to become the club’s fourth manager in four seasons. The club lost key players such as top scorer Alexis Sanchez, third captain Matteo Guendouzi and captain Dimitri Payet, while spending heavily in the transfer market. Ismaila Sarr, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Iliman Ndiaye, and Renan Lodi arrived, but perhaps no signing has made a bigger impact over the past month than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese striker scored a hat trick, including a 93rd-minute penalty, to secure a 4-3 win against Ajax before opening the scoring from the penalty spot within eight minutes in their 2-0 win against Rennes. Aubameyang is a surefire addition to your player prop bets for their upcoming match against Lorient at the Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir.

Back Marseille to Stifle Lorient in Ligue 1
Marseille's French-Gabonese forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gestures as he celebrates scoring Marseille's third goal during a football match/CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

 

Aubameyang Thriving for Marseille

At 34 years of age, Aubameyang is in the twilight of his career, but he’s showing plenty of oil left in the tank for one of the deadliest goalscorers of the past decade. Apart from a brief stint with Milan’s academy (2007-08), he spent the entirety of his life in France until 2013, when he headed to Borussia Dortmund, developing in the shadow of Robert Lewandowski for his first season before taking the mantle from the legendary Polish striker.

Over the next decade, Aubameyang would play in multiple AFCON tournaments and become Gabon’s all-time leading scorer along with winning the Golden Boot in the Bundesliga and the Premier League, suiting up for BVB, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona before returning to France this past summer. Unlike his various African teammates like Azzedine Ounahi or Ismaila Sarr, Aubameyang will not be taking part in the upcoming African Cup of Nations after Gabon’s failure to qualify.

As such, Ligue 1 betting connoisseurs will continue to rely upon him finding the back of the net for Marseille. Their most recent match saw Aubameyang grab a brace of assists and a goal as Marseille demolished Lyon 3-0. It’s little wonder that the Las Vegas sportsbooks are waking up to their re-invigorated form, with the Ligue 1 betting lines putting Marseille at -125 on the moneyline to beat Lorient. We’ll take those odds any day of the week.

Ligue 1Pick: Marseille to win (-125)

 

Fade Lorient Attack vs Marseille

Aubameyang has racked up 10 goals and five assists in 20 appearances for Marseille, who have climbed to eighth place in the table thanks to a newfound defensive solidity under Gattuso, who took charge on Sept. 27. After kicking off the Italian’s reign with a 3-2 loss at Monaco, Marseille thrashed Le Havre 3-0 before losing 1-0 to Nice, drawing 0-0 to Lille, losing 1-0 at Lens, drawing 1-1 to Strasbourg and beating Rennes 2-0.

Whilst OM are starting to find their footing under Gattuso, Lorient are falling quickly under Regis Le Bris. Since opening their season with a 0-0 draw to PSG, Lorient have kept just one clean sheet – a 0-0 draw to Lens on Nov. 4 – and their 25 goals conceded is surpassed only by Lyon (27). But whilst their defense is certainly problematic, their woes up front are equally worrisome. The sale of Enzo Le Fee to Rennes has deprived them of much-needed creativity and unpredictability in the final third.

Lorient have been held scoreless in six matches this season, including three of their last five, and I would not be surprised to see that continue.

Lorient occupy the relegation playoff spot and sit one point away from automatic safety, two points above Clermont Foot and five above Lyon. They have not won a single match since Oct. 22, and in terms of big chances created, they sit 17th in Ligue 1, level with last-placed Metz (16) and three behind Clermont Foot. If you’re planning to bet on French soccer this weekend, make sure to include a low-scoring result for Lorient in your Ligue 1 picks and parlays .

Ligue 1 Pick: Lorient Under 0.5 goals (+156)

 

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