Marseille opened their 2022-23 Ligue 1 campaign this weekend, hosting Reims at Stade Velodrome with kickoff at 9:45 pm.
With Igor Tudor now at the helm after the shock departure of Jorge Sampaoli, Marseille is under new management.
Tudor brings plenty of experience in big and small clubs. He notably guided Hellas Verona to ninth place last season in Serie A while assisting Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, with previous stops made at Hajduk Split and Galatasaray.
He has been considered a journeyman coach given his short tenure at numerous clubs. However, he employed an appealing brand of football at Verona, focusing on progression and verticality when gaining possession.
While Marseille has some talented individuals capable of playing that way, it would be a bit of a contrast from what we saw from this group in 2021-22, as this was a patient team who liked to knock the ball around the pitch and build up play before progressing forward.
Oscar Garcia has a lot of work to do if Reims remains competitive in the French league this season. The club’s top goalscorer has been loaned out to Paris Saint-Germain, and their star goalkeeper signed with another team. It will be tough for a team that finished in the middle of the table last year—despite suffering several injuries—to perform well again this season.
Marseille vs Reims Head to Head
Both sides have 16 games against each other, with hosts taking six wins while visitors with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Marseille 0-2 Milan
- Real Betis 1-1 Marseille
- Middlesbrough 2-0 Marseille
- Marseille 0-3 Norwich City
- Reims 2-2 Sassuolo
- Reims 0-1 Villarreal
- Metz 1-0 Reims
- Reims 2-0 Auxerre
Marseille Team News
Marseille’s Dimitri Payet scored 12 goals in league play last season, while Arkadiusz Milik had 20 goals for them in all competitions. Pau Lopez posted 10 clean sheets. Les Phoceens have signed Cengiz Under, Matteo Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares, and Jonathan Clauss in the summer transfer window. Clauss had 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season.
Reims Team News
Balogun has joined them on loan from Arsenal, and goalkeeper Patrick Pentz signed a three-year deal in July. Last season, the club’s second-leading goalscorer was Wout Faes, with five more goals than El Bilal Toure. Alexis Flips had four assists to lead the team in that category, while Ilan Kebbal had four.
Prediction and Odds
On the other hand, Marseille’s core players from last season are back, and new signings should make them more dynamic in attack. Reims’ defense might be put under a lot of pressure during this match.
- Home Win
- Goals Under 3.5
- First Half: 0-0