Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Marseille

Marseille are at the Stade de Velodrome for Sunday’s late Ligue 1 kick-off versus Paris Saint-Germain. Les Phoceens come into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw versus newcomers Strasbourg, and this sees them eight points adrift of the top of the table in third spot. On the contrary, Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten after the first nine games of the campaign, and they are presently leading the standings with 25 points. The Capital outfit scraped through a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Dijon last weekend.

What happened last time around?

The previous meeting at the Stade de Velodrome was a one-sided contest in February with Paris Saint-Germain coming up triumphs by a 5-1 scoreline. The visitors opened the scoring in just the sixth minute via Marquinhos, and it was therein one-way traffic with Les Parisiens adding another four goals to their tally. Rod Fanni netted the sole consolation for Les Phoceens during the second period.

Players to watch for:

Florian Thauvin – Marseille: The Frenchman has impressed for Les Phoceens since his return from Newcastle United. Thauvin has notched two goals and as many assists from his opening nine league games, and we are anticipating him to make a key impact from the right-wing. On his day, the 24-year-old can be a menace to the opposition with his dribbling skills, whilst he is not afraid of taking long-shots, which are one of his main strengths.

Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain: Despite the vast array of attacking talent at Parc des Princes, Cavani remains the main scoring threat, given he occupies the centre-forward position. The former Napoli man has already scored eight goals during the current season, and with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe flanking him, he can expect better service from either side of the attack.

Prediction:

Paris Saint-Germain have netted at least three goals in five of their nine matches this term, and we are fancying another high-scoring fest with Marseille not possessing the best of defences, Marseille 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain.

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