Robert Bhamber with all the necessary lowdown ahead of this evening’s Ligue 1 encounters.
Lorient (15th) vs Marseille (1st) (18:00 GMT)
Marseille will be looking to move four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 when they travel to the Stade du Moustoir to take on Lorient. The home side are in decent form at the moment; having lost four league games in a row, they have now won their last two, against Lens and Toulouse respectively. They have moved from the foot of the table to 15th as a result, but Sylvain Ripoll knows it will be a tough task to take any points off Marseille here.
The visitors have also got back on track with two consecutive league victories against Bordeaux and Nantes, after losses to Lyon and PSG had derailed their lengthy winning streak. Marcelo Bielsa will want his side to take full advantage of playing first in order to put all the pressure on second-placed PSG, who travel to Lille on Wednesday.
– Lorient’s home league record this season reads: two wins, 1 draw and four losses.
– They have lost all three home league games in which they conceded first.
– Marseille’s away league record this season reads: four wins, 1 draw and two losses.
– They have scored 14 goals and conceded eight times in away league games this campaign.
– Last season, Marseille won this match 2-0.
Tuesday: Nantes (7th) vs Toulouse (13th) (18:00 GMT)
Nantes will be looking to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat to Marseille as they prepare to welcome Toulouse to the Stade de la Beaujoire. The 2-0 loss at the Stade Velodrome was the first in nine games for Nantes, whose excellent defence just couldn’t hold out against the strength of Marseille’s attack. However, Michel Der Zakarian will want to see a response from his players here, as they look to move above the likes of St Etienne and Rennes in the table.
Toulouse, meanwhile, are in a bit of a rut having lost all but one of their last six league outings. They have slid down the table in recent weeks, falling from eighth to 13th, something manager Alain Casanova will want to change as soon as possible. The only recent positive for Casanova was a 3-0 victory over Metz in Week 13, but the form guide does not make good reading for Toulouse fans.
– Nantes have spent the entire campaign so far in the top half of the league.
– They have drawn their last four home league games.
– Toulouse have taken just six points from a possible 24 on the road this season.
– They have won two and lost six of their away league matches.
– Last season, Toulouse won this match 2-1.
Tuesday: Monaco (10th) vs Lens (18th) (20:00 GMT)
Monaco face lowly Lens at the Stade Louis II looking to climb the table again after the weekend’s loss to Rennes sent them down to 10th. Leonardo Jardim’s side are now winless in four league games after three consecutive draws and the defeat at Rennes and stand seven points behind the top four heading into this match. Jardim needs his side to put a few wins together if they are to get back into European qualification contention, starting here at home to Lens.
Lens, meanwhile, won their match against fellow relegation candidates Metz at the weekend, a victory which saw them move off the bottom of the table. Antoine Kombouare knows his side face a tough task to take anything from their visit to the Stade Louis II, but with his side full of confidence after their vital win at the weekend and Monaco’s inconsistent league form, he will be hoping his side can produce a shock result this evening.
– Monaco have won nine points from 21 available in home league games this campaign.
– They have scored eight and conceded seven in these games.
– Lens have lost all five away league games this season in which they have conceded first.
– Their two away victories came at Lyon and Toulouse.
– The last time this match was played was in Ligue 2 during the 2012/13 campaign, with Monaco emerging 2-1 winners.