Last week Marseille played in 10 for about 20 minutes, but still managed to take all points (won 1-0 against Montpellier). Overall it was a good performance, but opponents’ inability to create real danger also played a big role in the final outcome.
Winger Alessandrini returned after a long injury and played for about 30 minutes. He should be in the lineup against PSG, same as striker Batshuayi who will return from suspension.
They haven’t conceded last round, but defensive-wise there was no major improvement and only opponents’ softness helped Marseille keep a clean sheet.
Hosts will have to do without winger Thauvin who is suspended.
PSG’s have a hectic schedule ahead with games against Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Chelsea in the next 10 days.
It is understandable why coach Blanc used a mixed squad last week against Lorient. David Luiz, Maxwell, Matudi, Di Maria and Lucas started only on the bench. Of course, PSG still dominated and easily took all points (won 3-1).
The game against Marseille is considered a derby (not exactly sure how Ibrahimovic feels about it…) and that should add a bit of much needed motivation, considering the busy schedule and the 24 points ahead of 2nd placed Monaco.
So far this year Marseille have been kind of disappointing when up against solid opponents (see the games against Lyon and Lille from previous rounds). Against PSG it will be even more difficult, regardless PSG’s tough schedule, and the possible lack of motivation. The odds on away win are pretty valuable considering the damage PSG can inflict. PSG -0.75 at 1.90
UPDATE: PSG will once again miss midfielder Verratti
Marseille: S.Mandanda, Y.Pelé – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, De Ceglie, Rolando, B.Dja Djedje – L.Diarra, Barrada, Cabella, Romao, Isla – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Nkoudou, B.Sarr, Rabillard, S.Fletcher
PSG: Trapp, Sirigu, Aurier, Luiz, Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Kurzawa, Motta, Matuidi, Rabiot, Stambouli, Pastore, Nkunku, Lucas, Di Maria, Lucas, Augustin, Cavani, Ibrahimovic.