The game was initially scheduled for 21 November, only for a COVID-19 breakout within the Nice squad to force the match to be postponed.
After a crisis period, Marseille are in a disappointing ninth position in the table right now. Meanwhile, Nice are currently five places below them in 14th.
Marseille vs Nice Head-to-Head
Despite sacking boss Andre Villas-Boas in early February, Marseille’s form has still not improved.
Last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up have not won a game since 6 January, and have only collected six points from a possible 32 since the beginning of 2021.
Caretaker boss Nasser Larguet has thus far overseen two draws and a loss, but last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Bordeaux was quite disastrous. Leonardo Balerdi and Dario Benedetto were both sent off, reducing Marseille to nine men.
Currently in 14th place, Nice have only won three league games since the arrival of manager Adrian Ursea in December.
They defeated Angers on 7 February, and then followed that with a Coupe de France win over Nimes last Wednesday.
However, they fell to defeat against Paris St. Germain last weekend. They will be desperate to pick up as many points as possible here.
Recent results between these sides largely favor Marseille, who have won the last six meetings, including a 1-2 victory over Nice on 28 August.
Marseille form guide: L-D-L-W-D
Nice form guide: L-L-W-W-L
Marseille vs Nice Team News
Marseille have a number of issues leading into this game. Alvaro Gonzalez is injured, Hiroki Sakai is a doubt, and Dario Benedetto and Leonardo Balerdi are both suspended.
Three players – Arkadiusz Milik, Olivier Ntcham and Pol Lirola – are also ineligible, as they were signed after this game should’ve been played.
Injured: Alvaro Gonzalez
Doubtful: Hiroki Sakai
Suspended: Dario Benedetto, Leonardo Balerdi
Unavailable: Arkadiusz Milik, Olivier Ntcham, Pol Lirola
Nice have even more issues than Marseille in terms of injuries. Youcef Atal, Dante, Danilo, Kasper Dolberg, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Jordan Lotomba are all on the sidelines. William Saliba and Jean-Clair Todibo are also ineligible.
Injured: Youcef Atal, Dante, Danilo, Kasper Dolberg, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Jordan Lotomba
Unavailable: William Saliba, Jean-Clair Todibo
Marseille vs Nice Predicted XI
Marseille predicted XI (4-3-3): Steve Mandanda, Yuto Nagatomo, Boubacar Kamara, Duje Caleta-Car, Jordan Amavi, Michael Cuisance, Pape Gueye, Valentin Rongier, Florian Thauvin, Valere Germain, Dimitri Payet
Nice predicted XI (4-3-3): Walter Benitez, Andy Pelmard, Robson Bambu, Stanley N’Soki, Hassane Kamara, Alexis Claude Maurice, Morgan Schneiderlin, Pierre Lees-Melou, Rony Lopes, Amine Gouiri, Myziane Maolida
Marseille vs Nice Prediction
This is a worrying game for Marseille, particularly as Nice seem to have improved in recent weeks. OM’s form has been awful for a while now and their caretaker boss doesn’t seem to be able to turn things around.
However, the sheer number of first-team stars that Nice have injured will make this a challenging encounter for them too.
With that in mind, a draw seems likely.
Prediction: Marseille 1-1 Nice