We’re into February now, and those who predicted preseason that OM would struggle to keep the pace might be surprised to see that, up until now at least, they’ve managed to do just that.
They might have been eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue and the Europa League earlier than they would have hoped, but they remain in the French Cup, and although PSG look as though they might pull away from here until the end of the season, for the time being OM are still very much in contention.
Of course, there remains a lot of football to be played.
After 23 games OM sits in third place, now six points adrift of leaders Paris and three behind Lyon, but there are also only five points separating them and seventh-placed Rennes.
If results go their way, they could be top within the next month, but it’s just as possible that they’ll drop down a few places should results go against them.
We’re now at a stage in the season where every game is crucial, but we reckon that if OM are to finish the season strongly, it will come down to how they get on in these five games.