Marseille vs PSG by Lucien
Marseille had all the chances to walk away with all three points last weekend away to Strasbourg and were leading twice into the game, but in the end had to get satisfied with just a point taken since they have equalized just few minutes before the full time whistle. Payet brought them into the lead in sixth minute already, while Aholou replied in 31st, with the players of Marseille entering better the second halftime too, regaining the lead via Sanson in third minute of second halftime.
Again, like they stopped playing once they had the lead and got leveled up in 61st minute again via Kone, with the home team taking the lead in 75th minute with a goal from Lienard. In the end Marseille deservedly equalized for the final 3:3 score in 88th minute via Mitroglou, as the side now stands at third position with two points less than Monaco, making this game very important one since they can only slip down the table in case of a defeat looking back prior the weekend.
They reacted well on Thursday evening winning over Guimaraes with a 2:1 result at home and having rock solid chances to reach the knockout stage later on. Hosts should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Payer, N'Jie and Thauvin as forwards. Home team should have no missing players for this one.
PSG, on the other side, is already having rock solid start in the season and thanks to a 1:2 victory away from home against Dijon last Saturday evening, they already lead the table with six points more than second placed Monaco and with eight victories and just one draw in first nine rounds of Ligue 1, they are already red hot favorites for another title in domestic league.
In pretty competitive match, players of PSG had much more of the ball possession, but managed only to take the lead when they upped the tempo in second halftime, via Meunier in 71st minute, while the hosts desperately attacked towards the end and leveled up in 87th via Jeannot. Still, somehow deservedly Parisians did manage to get the victory thanks to second goal from Meunier in second minute of additional time. As for the Champions League, they come from a convincing 0:4 victory away to Anderlecht last Wednesday evening leading the table now with all nine points in comparison to second placed German giants from Bayern that have six.
Guests are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Mpabbe, Cavani and Neymar as their most offensive players. Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (no performance this season) remains long term absentee, while central defender Thiago Silva (5/0) wasn't risked during midweek and his appearance here remains doubtful.
- Marseille have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 9 home matches against PSG.
Marseille has plenty of attacking quality to be more than threatening in this one and to score a goal at least for sure, however I still see Parisians as complete favorites for this one as they simply have the class to "outscore" any opponent in Ligue 1. The game should be as interesting as possible.