Paris Saint-Germain has had Marseille’s number as of late, but a resurgent Marseille will be looking to knock off the Ligue 1 leaders in Le Classique on Sunday.
It may not get as much press as El Clasico but this is one of world soccer’s most heated rivalries. Last season, 19 yellow cards were given out in the first fixture and a brawl broke out just before the final whistle.
Expect more drama as Marseille tries to close the 10-point gap PSG holds over it. Currently, the soccer betting odds list PSG as a -155 road favorite.
Game: Olympique de Marseille vs Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Location: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France
Date/Time: Sunday, 2:45 p.m. ET
|Team||Goal Line||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
|Marseille||+1 (-125)||+420||3 (-120o)||½ -230o/+180u|
|PSG||-1 (-105)||-160||3 (-110u)||1½ -180o/+150u|
Marseille vs PSG Betting Preview
Head to Head
Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille met three times last season. PSG defeated Marseille 2-1 in the Trophée des Champions but these teams split their Ligue 1 meetings.
Without full stadiums, both teams were able to snatch wins on the road in Ligue 1. Marseille’s win was a rare one in this fixture, as it has won just one of the last eight meetings.
Marseille Emerging From Rough Patch
After a three-game stretch in Ligue 1 without a win, Marseille responded well. It fell behind 1-0 to Lorient in its last Ligue 1 match but managed to score four unanswered goals for its fifth win.
Matteo Guendouzi scored two goals, including the winner, vs his former club to cap off an excellent week for the on-loan Arsenal midfielder. Earlier, Guendouzi was called up to the French national team for the UEFA Nations League Finals, which France won vs Spain.
Guendouzi was exiled by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for attitude problems but there’s no denying his talent. He’s quickly become a fan-favorite at Marseille and his days at Arsenal look numbered. Another on-loan Arsenal player has impressed, as young center back William Saliba has helped lead a defense that has kept five clean sheets in its last nine matches in all competitions.
Marseille shut out Lazio in its midweek Europa League matchup but wasn’t able to capitalize offensively in a scoreless draw. The draw was Marseille’s third straight in the Europa League and fifth of the season.
Dimitri Payet is entering the twilight of his career but he has proven he can still play at a high level. The former French international has managed to score five goals in just six Ligue 1 appearances and is Marseille’s creative hub in attacking midfield.
PSG Atop Ligue 1, Champions League Group
It’s been a good week for Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisians knocked off RB Leipzig, 3-2, to stay on top of Champions League Group A. Down 2-1 early in the second half, Messi got his own rebound off the post to score the game-tying goal and scored a cheeky chipped penalty for the winner.
Following a slow start, Messi now has three goals in six PSG appearances and is looking more like himself. However, If Neymar can’t suit up, it’d be a huge blow. The Brazilian talisman missed the game vs Leipzig with a groin injury and is doubtful for Sunday’s rivalry match.
While replacing Neymar is no easy feat, his absence would most likely mean Messi’s compatriot, Angel Di Maria, would start on the wing. Di Maria was suspended for PSG’s first three Champions League matches, so German international Julian Draxler started in his place vs Leipzig.
PSG has an embarrassment of riches from back to front. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the hero in PSG’s Champions League win vs Manchester City but Keylor Navas got the nod vs Leipzig. Positional battles have appeared to be a good thing for a PSG team that has been an excellent pick for betting online and has won nine of its first 10 Ligue 1 matches.
Paris Saint-Germain has been one of the best soccer picks this season but faces perhaps its toughest road test yet vs Marseille. OM is a tough team to beat and should be motivated by the rivalry game and the opportunity to move into second place.
I’d think that Marseille would want to avoid a free-flowing, back-and-forth game because it won’t be able to match PSG’s counter-attacking prowess. Expect Marseille to try to slow things down and force PSG to play in between lines to beat them.
That should limit the amount of goal-scoring chances, which makes under three goals at -110 in the sportsbook look like a solid pick.