France Ligue 1 – Marseille v PSG Preview (22/10/17)

Match Preview

So the big Le Classique match and I desperately hope Marseille can be competitive here. PSG smashed them in this fixture 5-1 last season and have won on all of their last five visits to Le Stade Velodrome. In general, the visitors tend to reserve some of their best football for this fixture so it could get ugly if key players are in the mood, which I expect they will be. Marseille have got to find a way to somehow restrict PSG, but at the same time also need to maintain threat themselves. It will be interesting to see the tactical gameplan manager Rudi Garcia uses. He managed to draw 0-0 in Paris last year using a negative style, but this is a much better PSG team now.

There is no doubt in my mind that PSG can be targeted at the back. I personally think they've looked more prone to conceding this year, but it usually doesn’t matter because they score so many themselves. I’m really not sure here. Statistically, I think OM are a bit of value. But it’s so very difficult to rank PSG properly in this league due to their sheer strength. They are the best team obviously but exactly what high level will range depending who’s opinion you listen to. I think we’ll see an away win, but my instinct is that it won't be a complete cakewalk. OM can be competitive here if they have a proper gameplan. They tend to collapse vs the likes of Monaco and PSG though, so they simply can’t be backed in any form reliably.

Prediction: 1-2

Recommended bet: None


Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player


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