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The strength of home

Posted by
Adam Geigerman
On Monday 1 April 2019 at 03:08

True to the definition of the word 'home,' les Olympiens have made the Orange Velodrome a hostile territory for any challengers. It's simple, only Rennes and Lyon had upset OM oat home last season.

The 2018-19 season is more of the same: Marseille didn't fall at home until 28 October (defeat 2-0 against PSG).

Les Olympiens' away record is much more irregular: the Phoceans have secured an average of 2 points per match at the Orange Velodrome while only winning 1.21 points per game on the road. This inconsistent run of form has them sitting fifth in the league table. On Sunday, Lucas Ocampos and Co. will return home with promises of an electric crowd - an environment that the players have re-established with a return to winning ...


Disappointed throughout the season, OM supporters have not abandoned anything and now find themselves with a team more in line with expectations. On the one hand, Rudi Garcia let his group off the hook, always pushing the boys to recover the support of the fans. On the other, the supporters have demonstrated how aware they are of their role in the team's chase for success.


Thanks to its run of success, which is still in progress - four games unbeaten - Marseille is back on track. March is here and the top-3 contenders will begin to eyeing their competitors' results. Lyon and Montpellier stumbled last weekend. For their part, Les Verts overtook 4th place in the table, two points ahead of OM. Sunday night, all eyes will be riveted on the Orange Vélodrome to see how things shake up. Steve Mandanda knows all too well. After the draw at Rennes, the vice-captain saw time running out: "It's been a long time since we played all our cards, wins at home now become important."

Olympique de Marseille expects more than 67,000 supporters.

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