Jonny O’Sullivan (@libero_the) previews PSG v Marseille and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s huge El Classique match by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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PSG v Marseille Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/10/19
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Parc des Princes
- Channel: BT Sport 1
PSG will be heading into France’s most important domestic match in fine form. Six wins in a row in all competitions will result in the champions being filled with the confidence to brush aside an average Marseille outfit. Sunday’s hosts have found things easy in recent times against their rivals, winning 18 out of the last 20 matches and drawing the other two. This form will be sour reading for all Marseille supporters and will leave them dreading the box office match of the weekend.
Despite not having Neymar, PSG have players in superlative form. Angel Di Maria is arguably having his best season in Europe with seven goals and six assists in all competitions. Mbappe came off the bench in midweek and managed to score a hattrick whilst Mauro Icardi is showing the world why he was valued at over £100m before his drama last season for Inter Milan.
The blow of Neymar missing more games than he has played for PSG is certainly softened due to the other forward players at the club thriving in his absence. To match this insanely potent attack, PSG have the second-best defence in the league and already are sitting five points ahead of 2nd place. With five clean sheets in their six at home so far this season, it would be no surprise to see PSG extend their impressive defensive record.
Andre Villas-Boas’ return from racing cars to football management has gone reasonably well so far. Away from home, Marseille have an unbeaten record in four games, winning two and losing two.
Marseille are sitting eight points behind PSG and do not look like they will be challenging for the title yet again. This is largely down to their home form, however, as they have slipped up against the likes of Rennes, Dijon and Montpellier.
Benedetto’s introduction to European football has been promising as the Argentine international has scored five times this season and Sunday’s visitors will be hoping that he can continue this form.
Whilst Neymar remains out injured, PSG will be in the horrific position of having to play Mbappe and Icardi up front again. The third player to join this duo will either be Cavani or Sarabia depending on how Tuchel wants his side to play. With Icardi being a poacher, it may be more likely that the Spanish winger is chosen in order to give the home side a little more balance.
Bernat will return from his suspension and PSG’s two centre backs will likely be chosen at the flip of the coin as Thomas Tuchel loves to rotate his backline. Gana Gueye is likely to be out again with Ander Herrera and Paredes being the likely options to replace the former Everton man.
Villas-Boas has been unfortunate with the injury of Florian Thauvin this season as he has been Marseille’s best player in recent years and will miss their trip to the capital this weekend. However, Dimitry Payet and Jordan Amavi will be returning from their suspensions and bringing a much-needed boost to Marseille’s starting 11.
Villas-Boas has used a back five in a few games this season and it would make sense that the Portuguese manager would use this tactic to try and deal with PSG’s superb front three.
Potential PSG Starting XI: Navas; Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Verrati, Herrera; Mbappe, Icardi, Sarabia
Potential Marseille Starting XI: Mandanda; Sakari, Sarr, Calera-Car, Kamara, Amavi; Strootman, Sansom, Lopez; Payet, Benedetto
Head To Head
- PSG 27
- Draw 12
- Marseille 14
Key Stats & Facts
- PSG have scored 10 goals in the last five matches.
- PSG have won 12 out of the last 14 matches this season.
- PSG have kept 10 clean sheets out of their 14 matches this season.
- Marseille have only won one out of their last five matches.
- Marseille have only kept four clean sheets in 10 games so far this season.
- Marseille have only scored 12 goals in 10 matches so far this season, conceding 11.
- PSG 2/9
- Draw 11/2
- Marseille 11/1
PSG are simply better than every team in Ligue 1. This season they have added a lot more depth to their side with the likes of Gueye added more steel, Herrera adding another midfield option, Sarabia adding something else out wide and Icardi bringing his clinical instinct in front of goal. If you compare this to last season’s thin squad which needed the likes of Choupo Moting and Lassana Diarra to perform in crucial matches – the difference is staggering.
With an astonishing 10 clean sheets in their 14 matches so far this season, PSG will be expected to continue their impressive form in all competitions to Le Classique.
I expect PSG to win with ease and Marseille to fail to put up much of a fight. PSG to win to nil is a tasty 23/20 at Betway.