2013 – 2014 was a rough season for Marseille in spite them playing in Champions League. As a matter of fact their Champions League adventure may have done more harm rather than good as the 6 defeats and 0 points left a bitter taste and depressed both players and fans.
Now they have a new coach and it seems Argentinian Bielsa brought the Basque fighting spirit to Marseille (Bielsa coached Bilbao before). The players entering the field will be more or less the same, but now they will definitely be more determined and confident in own forces.
Marseille played 3 top friendlies so far, won all of them and had impressive performances: 5-0 vs Willem II, 2-1 vs Benfica, 4-1 Leverkusen. Keep in mind that Marseille got these results without play-maker Valbuena.
Studying the friendlies and according to reports from the training ground, it looks like coach Bielsa will change the system. There is a high possibility that Marseille will play with 3 central defenders, while fullbacks will be more active in the attacking phase. For almost all positions there are valuable replacements that will assure Marseille will be constant in efforts and results won’t change once injuries or suspensions occur.
There is however a questions mark, namely what will they do if lone striker Gignac will get injured. Marseille transferred-in young Batshuayi from Standard, top-scorer in Belgium last season. It remains to be seen if he will adapt in France and will prove worthy of substituting Gignac. If not, coach Bielsa will most likely push forward a winger whenever Gignac will miss.
Marseille have a good chance this season of finishing somewhere in the top 3 places, especially after Monaco sold best player Rodriguez and they will have to adapt to a new playing style.
Odds are not leaving us breathless but we can find Marseille to finish in top 3 at 2.29. If you are after more value Marseille to finish 2nd can be found at 4.50.