Manchester City travel to France to take on Marseille in the second Group C game of the 2020-21 Champions League match at the Stade Vélodrome.
Marseille had a great start to their 2020/21 League 1 campaign when they upset champions PSG 1-0 at the capital in the second league match of the season. They, however, failed to build on that, losing one and drawing three of their next four league games before getting back on track with wins over Bordeaux and Lorient in their last two league fixtures.
This is Marseille’s first participation in the Champions League since the 2013-14 campaign. It did not begin as they had hoped as an injury-time winner from Olympiakos denied them a point in the 1-0 loss in their matchday one fixture at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
Andre Villas-Boas’s men biggest struggle has been in their attack. They’ve only scored more than a goal in just 2 of their 8 league games thus far, scoring 11 times and conceding 8 in that span.
Manchester City have had one of their slowest starts to the Premier League campaign in almost a decade, picking up just eight points from their first five league outings. They dropped points for the third time this season at the weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham with Phil Foden coming on for the injured Aguerro to salvage the point following Michail Antonio’s brilliant opener in the capital.
In the Champions League, however, they looked in stupendous form as they made light work of FC Porto in their opener last week at the Etihad, getting a comfortable 3-1 win despite falling behind to a 14th-minute goal from Porto.
Despite the long injury list that Pep Guardiola is dealing with, Man City are still the overwhelming favourites to top a group that has Marseille, Porto and Olympiacos. Anything short of a win here will put him under even more pressure after their slow start in the league.
This season is almost panning out like last season where Man City struggled to put up consistent performances in the Premier League but were absolutely crashing it in Europe’s top club competition. They actually looked very much on course to at the very least making the final before losing out to Lyon in a shock quarter-final upset. After winning the league 4 times in the last decade, they have openly stated their desire to taste European glory. This partly informed the decision to hire Pep as their coach. Despite their injuries, they are still the better side here and we are backing them to get a win @ 1.42 with Bwin as our initial betting tip for the game.
As previously mentioned, Marseille are a side that lacks the goal-scoring punch. They however don’t concede that many as well. It will not be a walk in the path for Man City and even though we are backing them to win, we feel it will be a low scoring encounter. We are therefore going for Under 3.5 goals @ 1.62 with Bwin betting app as our final tip here.
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