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PSG vs Marseille: Arch-Rivals Set for Feisty Ligue 1 Clash

Written by: Greg Lea
Updated October 14, 2022
13 min read
  • PSG top the Ligue 1 table but have not yet opened up a significant lead
  • Marseille finally suffered their first defeat of the 2022/23 campaign last time out
  • Goals at both ends is our main prediction for the latest edition of Le Classique

PSG vs Marseille Odds

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PSG and Yes +163
Tie and Yes +550
Marseille and Yes +1000

PSG vs Marseille Pick

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We expect this to be a pretty close game given that the champions have not been firing on all cylinders of late, but they should still get the job done in the end.

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Psg Vs Marseille Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappe

Off-Field Issues Are Once Again a Feature in a PSG Season

Paris Saint-Germain is a club that seems allergic to the quiet life. In the first few weeks of the season, the French giants appeared to be ticking along nicely.

Kylian Mbappe had been persuaded to sign a new deal and reject the overtures of La Liga and, specifically, Real Madrid. Christophe Galtier had made a positive first impression after replacing Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s manager.

Luis Campos, a respected operator within the game, was a popular choice to oversee the club’s recruitment. Each of PSG’s wins in their first three Ligue 1 matches came by an emphatic scoreline: 5-0, 5-2 and 7-1.

And most importantly given it is the prize they crave above all others, PSG made a bright start to the group stage of the Champions League.

As the break for the 2022 World Cup approaches, however, the Parc des Princes garden is looking a little less rosy.

For starters, PSG are on a three-match winless streak in all competitions. They were fortunate to even draw against Reims in their last league game given that their opponents registered 24 shots on goal – the most PSG have conceded in a Ligue 1 assignment in more than a decade. They were also unable to beat Benfica either home or away.

The biggest concern, though, is the latest developments off the field. First, Mbappe reportedly wants to leave the club as early as January after accusing PSG of breaking promises they made to him before he signed his new contract. And Luis Campos is threatening to walk away too: he is said to be unhappy with the role of Antero Henrique, the former sporting director who is still employed by PSG as a consultant.

We have not yet reached the stage of open mutiny, and PSG are still top of Ligue 1 and their Champions League group. But the perpetual noise surrounding this club is not about to quieten down.

Marseille Going Strong Under Igor Tudor but First Loss a Setback

Marseille will hope to take advantage of any splits in the PSG camp by emerging triumphant at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. Since the start of 2012, they have only beaten their arch-rivals once. It is not easy to overcome this modern PSG, whose wealth outstrips that of every other Ligue 1 side, but Marseille are in a good place right now.

Igor Tudor’s men did lose their first match of the season last weekend, going down 2-1 at home to Ajaccio. But this has still been a positive start to 2022/23: Marseille have won seven of their first 10 matches and sit just three points adrift of their upcoming opponents ahead of game week 11.

It is fair to say that not many people saw this coming. Jorge Sampaoli departed dramatically in pre-season, forcing the club to turn to Tudor unexpectedly. Marseille also lost several regular starters, including William Saliba, Luan Peres, and Boubacar Kamara. There were question marks over some of the signings too, not least the aging Alexis Sanchez, the injury-prone Eric Bailly, and the erratic Nuno Tavares.

Yet Tudor has done a masterful job of putting everything together, and Marseille will arrive in the French capital quietly confident of picking up a result.

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Marseille Can Push PSG Hard but Champions Should Do the Job

Marseille have scored in every Ligue 1 game they have contested this term, a feat that not even PSG can match. They will also take belief from their excellent record away from home, with 10 points amassed from the 12 available on their travels.

Tudor’s game plan will center on counter-attacking at speed. Sergio Ramos is suspended after his red card against Reims, so PSG’s defense will be weakened. And a team that fields Lionel Messi, Mbappe and Neymar in the same XI invariably leaves gaps when the ball changes hands, since none of the trio is particularly interested in chasing back or pressing from the front.

There is certainly reason to believe that Marseille can cause PSG problems on Sunday, and we fancy them to get on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes. However, avoiding defeat will be difficult for Ligue 1’s third-placed team, even despite PSG’s mini-wobble of late.

It could even be argued that Le Classique is the ideal fixture for Galtier’s side right now: it will help to focus the minds of the players, and the home fans will forget about divisions and cheer their team on against the arch-enemy. A PSG win and both teams to score is our pick here.

How to Watch PSG vs Marseille

Teams PSG vs Marseille
Location Parc des Prince, Paris, France
Time Sunday, 16 October 2022, 14.45 PM EST
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]

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