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Marseille looks to close the gap at on the fourth European spot in France when it hosts underperforming road team Nice on Friday at 2:30pm EST.

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Marseille is 7-4-2 at home this year and finds itself five points adrift of St. Etienne for the last European spot. Les Phocéens must win on Friday to stay in contention and are up against a Nice squad that has been brutal on the road this season.

The hosts are strong favourties, with William Hill pegging them at 1.57 in the 1x2 market. That goes up to 2.25 in the double result. They lost to league leader PSG on the weekend but were unbeaten in five straight before that, which includes two shutout victories over Lorient and Bastia.

I very much like Marseille to be the only team to score on Friday, which can be taken at 2.25. Nice has scored a league-worst five goals from 13 away matches (38 percent).

A draw pick is being listed at 3.60, while the away victory is offered at a robust 6.50.

Nice is an abysmal 1-10-2 on the road this year and is winless in its last four matches, notching one solitary goal in those games. Les Aiglons find themselves nine points clear of the relegation zone, but they have played like relegation candidates while away from the Allianza Riviera.

What is interesting to note is that Nice has already beaten Marseille in league play and eliminated l'OM from the French Cup with a thrilling 5-4 win at the Stade Velodrome back in January. If that appeals to you, then the safer option in the double chance at 2.45 for the visitors is up your alley.

A Marseille win with a -1 handicap is available at 2.45, which offers decent value, as does the home pick to score in both halves at 2.50.

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