Round 21 of the French Ligue 1 gets underway on Friday when Olympique Marseille and Metz square off at the Orange Velodrome.
With their Europa League knockout-stage clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on the horizon, Gennaro Gattuso’s men will look to pick up a morale-boosting result and end their winless streak.
Marseille’s tough run of results in the new year continued last Sunday when they fell to a narrow 1-0 loss against Olympique Lyon at the Groupama Stadium.
Gattuso’s side have now failed to win their last four matches across all competitions, losing twice and picking up two draws since a 1-0 cup victory over Thionville Lusitanos in their first outing of the year.
With 29 points from 20 matches, Marseille are currently eighth in the Ligue 1 table, just three points behind the UEFA Europa Conference League qualification spot.
Metz, on the other hand, suffered a fresh blow in their battle for survival as they suffered a 2-1 loss against Lorient last weekend.
Laszlo Boloni’s men have now lost seven league games on the spin, conceding 11 goals and scoring just twice since picking up consecutive wins over Nantes and Lorient back in November.
With 16 points from 20 matches, Metz are currently 16th in the league standings, just one point above rock-bottom Clermont Foot and three points away from safety.