Having brushed Marseille aside on Sunday evening in Ligue 1, PSG will arrive at this match full of confidence. Unai Emery’s men recorded yet another routine victory last time out, as they cruised into a 2-0 lead, before extending their advantage in the second half. Having failed to really make it a test for PSG in that game, Marseille will be hoping to do better this time around.
Given that they acquitted themselves very well against PSG on home soil back in 2017, especially in an attacking sense, Marseille were expected to score on Sunday night, but their performance flattered to deceive. Or did it? On the face of it, Marseille were well beaten, but they did indeed get competitive in the final third. Having threatened PSG without quite finding the right end-product, Marseille will be backing themselves to do better here, though it’s hard to imagine PSG fearing the visitors, as they attempt to reach the final of this competition for the fourth year running.
On their own patch, PSG are of course likely winners here, though there probably won’t be many people rushing out to back them at skinny odds, especially since the score-line probably flattered Emery’s side at the weekend. Marseille threatened the PSG back-line on more than one occasion on Sunday and can do so even more in this fixture, particularly if complacency creeps into the host’s game. At an eye-catching price, a punt is taken on ‘Marseille to Score Over 1.5 Goals’.
As mentioned above, the score-line didn’t quite tell the full story when the pair faced each other on Sunday evening. Marseille created a few promising chances and got into several good positions with Payet, Thauvin, Rolando and N’Jie all going close. What’s more, Rudi García’s men had both more shots and more shots on target than the hosts. If the visitors can just show that extra bit of composure in the final third, which is an area they managed to get into a lot, then they can come out with a much more favourable score-line.
It would be wrong to say that PSG didn’t perform well on Sunday because they did. Even with less shots/shots on target, the hosts were a threat and still created high-end chances, such is the quality in their ranks. They’re once again likely to do well going forward, though they didn’t exactly look solid at the back. Again, if Marseille can keep their cool in the final third, which they ought to be capable of doing with Sunday’s dress rehearsal behind them, then they can certainly get at this PSG back-line. After all, this is a Marseille outfit that managed to notch twice against PSG earlier in the season, so they can certainly do better than they did on Sunday.
In all honesty it’s impossible to argue with the fact that PSG are deserving favourites ahead of this match and they are indeed likely to progress to the semi-finals, but they may not be able to do so in simple fashion. Backing the visitors to both improve their efforts when getting into promising positions and to impose themselves on the game that little bit more is worth a go.
Head To Head
Marseille have struggled to beat PSG in recent times, as they’re now without a win against the Parisians since 2011. PSG have won three of the last five renewals, including when beating Marseille 3-0 in the league just three days ago.
PSG vs Marseille Stats
- Marseille have scored an average of 1.71 goals away from home in Ligue 1 this season.
- Marseille have scored at least twice in two of their last five matches against PSG.
- Only PSG have failed to score less times than Marseille have in Ligue 1 this season.