Preview and Prediction
Le Classique is back but rather way too early this season, especially for Le Parisien. Their stars and key players on the front have been mainly ruled out due to being tested positively infected by covid-19. Their bad result in the opening round lately also adds up their current situation. On the contrary, Marseille seems to be on a better side with the return of Florian Thauvin after his serious injury last season. It is still an exciting clash but the visiting side is likely to have a chance for revenge.
Both teams’ previous games
PSG started their campaign this season badly. They were shockingly beaten by the promotion team, Lens 0-1 on Thursday. Their attack was inevitably disappointing without Neymar, Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi. Pablo Sarabia and Jese Rodriguez were unable to even equalise. The only goal of that game was scored by Lens’s new signing, Ignatius Ganago.
Marseille, on the other hand, secured a 3-2 win while visiting Brest before the international break. Florian Thauvin marked his return by scoring an opener and provided two assists for Duje-Caleta Car’s brace. Unfortunately, they did not manage to prevent themselves from conceding as the home side responded twice through Romain Faivre and Gaetan Charbonnier.
PSG’s crisis on the front might force Thomas Tuchel to employ 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas are ruled out due to covid-19 and injuries. Pablo Sarabia and Jese will be opted as the frontmen. In the midfield, Marco Verratti is the anchor accompanied by Ander Herrera while Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer could be pushed forward as a winger. Their wing back posts will be taken over by Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba.
Andre Villas-Boas now has an opportunity to snatch points here with more attacking options. He is likely to opt for 4-3-3 with Dario Benedetto as the targetman, while Dmitri Payet and Florian Thauvin are operating on both flanks. Unfortunately, their number one goalie, Steve Mandanda is sidelined due to his injury.
Players to watch
Considering the number of key figures’ absence, Tuchel has limited option to rely on scoring. Pablo Sarabia and Juan Bernat seem to be the only possible ones left to score as Jese’s unimpressive form still continues. Another notable one who can come off the bench is Julian Draxler.
Marseille’s top performer last season, Dmitri Payet, is likely to have less burden to lead the attack as he has Florian Thauvin this season. Some other key figures on the team are the Argentine Dario Benedetto, Kevin Strootman and Morgan Sanson.
PSG vs Marseille Prediction
In this supposedly mouth watering encounter, the crisis on both sides still potentially lead to a thrilling game. Marseille might have a slightly better chance to seal a victory. Yet, if Tuchel can come up with something to improve his men’s form, a draw seems to be the fairest result.
PSG is still the clear favourite. They are projected to win at 13/18, whereas their contender is only backed to win at 63/13. The odds for a draw result are at the value of 49/11.