Olympique de Marseille welcome Manchester City in the Champions League group stages tonight.
Guardiola’s worst start to a domestic season as a coach could be saved by a strong Champions League run this year. Despite a hectic pile-up of fixtures, victory in the South of France could provide a huge boost in morale.
Marseille have had a good start to their domestic campaign, placed fourth in Ligue 1, having lost just one match after their first eight outings. Their onset in the UEFA Champions League, though, has been slow after losing narrowly to Olympiacos last week.
Manchester City have been largely inconsistent this year, something that is very uncharacteristic of them, especially under Pep Guardiola. Currently 13th in the league with just 2 wins in 5 games, City would like to look past their poor domestic form and make it two wins in two in the Champions League.
The Champions League is definitely the one trophy Manchester City have had their eyes on this season and would like to win it in what could be Guardiola’s last chance at the Etihad. Andre Villas-Boas would be hoping that his side can be a thorn in City’s journey to success.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
Marseille (4-2-3-1): Mandanda; Gonzalez, Caleta-Car, Balerdi; Sakai, Rongier, Sanson, Amavi; Thauvin, Payet; Benedetto
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Garcia, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Torres, Sterling, Foden
🔑 Key facts
- Manchester City will meet Marseille for the first time in European competition.
- Manchester City have only won two of their previous seven UEFA Champions League games against French teams (D2 L3), going winless in each of the last four (D1 L3).
- Marseille have picked up just one victory in their last 11 UEFA Champions League encounters with English teams (D2 L8), losing four of the last five matches.
- Marseille have netted just five goals in their last 12 matches against English teams in European competition and never more than once in a game in this run. They last scored more than once versus an English side back in February 2006 against Bolton Wanderers (2-1, UEFA Cup).
- Manchester City have lost just one of their last 10 away games in the UEFA Champions League group stage (W6 D3), going unbeaten in each of their last six such fixtures (W4 D2).
- Marseille have lost their last four home games in the UEFA Champions League, conceding exactly two goals in each defeat.
- Both teams have scored in each of Manchester City’s last eight UEFA Champions League fixtures, with the Citizens now on their longest wait for a clean sheet in the competition since between February 2015 & 2016 (9 matches).
- Since Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City ahead of the 2016-17 season, Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in more goals in the UEFA Champions League than any other player at the club (26 – 17 goals and nine assists).
- Marseille’s Dimitri Payet is still looking for his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, having attempted 32 shots without scoring in the competition (21 for Lille and 11 for Marseille).
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