Marseille hosts Olympiacos Piraeus in round 5 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, December 1st at Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
Marseille's situation is as bad as possible. The French team did not score a single point and lost even the mathematical chances of reaching the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. In the last two rounds, the team will have to fight with Olympiacos for the third position and a ticket to the 1/16 finals of the Europa League. In the previous round, Porto shut the door on the hopes of Marseille to get into the Champions League playoffs. Olympique hosted the visitors from Portugal at Stade Velodrome and lost with a 0:2 score. The French showed a frankly weak game. Losing with a 0:1 score, Marseille practically did not create anything in the second half and did not deserve points in that game.
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In contrast to Marseille, Olympiacos has a small chance of taking the second line away from Porto. To do this, the Greeks need to beat Marseille in the upcoming meeting, hope that Manchester City will beat the Portuguese, and defeat the Dragons in the last round. There are too many conditions, so it is unlikely that we will see Piraeus in the Champions League playoffs. But if Olympiacos wants to guarantee itself a place in the Europa League in the spring, it needs to gain at least a draw in this match with Marseille. Then the last round will become a mere formality.
The clubs have played eight matches in the Champions League and scored only one goal for two. It was scored in a head-to-head meeting in the first round, and then Piraeus did it only in added time. It is not worth expecting that the teams will go on the rampage in this game. Most likely, we will be able to see a wide-open game only at the end of the match. Olympiacos has nowhere to rush since it will be pleased with a draw. Marseille only needs a victory, so it is dangerous to open up too much because a quick counterattack may break the hopes of the French for European spring. We think the match won’t please the fans with goal extravaganza.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored