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Remi Garde's men have struggled to find the net during the opening 45 minutes of games this season and Al Hain-Cole expects this trend to continue against their resilient guests

The Choc des Olympiques takes place in Ligue 1 on Sunday as Olympique de Marseille travel to Stade Gerland to take on Olympique Lyonnais.

Having dismissed coach Elie Baup following last weekend's defeat against Nantes, the visitors put in a spirited display before going down 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday's Champions League clash and are available at 13/5 (3.60) with William Hill to bounce back with a big win here.

Meanwhile, les Gones clinched top spot in their Europa League group after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday and are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to move within a point of their guests with a second victory in four days.

Remi Garde's men have drawn four of their last five league games in front of their own fans, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them sharing the spoils for the fourth time in five encounters against these opponents.

Thursday was not the first time this season that the hosts have been left chasing the game as they went in at half-time, having scored just 10 of their 32 goals this season in the opening period.

In fact, Garde's men were trailing at the break last Sunday before coming back to claim an impressive 3-1 away win over a Bastia side that had previously gone eight home games unbeaten this season, so the home fans should not lose hope should their side fail to sparkle in the first 45.

Indeed, patience will certainly be necessary when they welcome a Phoceens team that have conceded just three first-half goals in nine Ligue 1 away games this season, meaning odds of 11/10 (2.10) look too good to pass up in the majority of the goals going in after the break.

However, having struggled to turn draws into wins recently, those 9/4 (3.25) odds provide excellent value on Lyon succumbing to a fifth draw in six home games against a Marseille team reinvigorated under a new coach.

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Highest-scoring second half for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill
Draw for a 1pt stake at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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