Champions League

Manchester City vs Marseille: Preview and Predicted Line-ups

Manchester City will be locking horns against Marseille in the Champions League fixture on Thursday evening at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s men are already safely through to the next round, whereas Marseille can hope for a spot in the Europa League after a dismal run in the group stage.

Premier League giants have managed 13 points from five games in their group and will want to finish at the top of their group.

MANCHESTER CITY VS MARSEILLE MATCH PREVIEW:

In the five games so far, City have gone on to win four games and have drawn one game in their Champions league campaign. 

Manchester City did not start well in the Premier league this season but now seem to have found their rhythm back. They won their last league game 2-0 against Fulham and are looking in good form.

The Citizens have already qualified for the knockout stages and will be looking to rest their key players.

Marseille’s first appearance in the Champions League since the 2013-14 campaign has been underwhelming. They finally won their first match last week against Olympiacos.

Les Olympiens have not faltered in Ligue 1, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Nimes at the weekend – their fifth top-flight victory on the bounce.

Marseille is not progressing to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League this year and is currently embroiled in a battle with Greek side Olympiacos for a spot in the Europa League.

Marseille welcomed Manchester City to the Orange Velodrome back in October, and Guardiola’s men cruised to a 3-0 win.

Manchester City form (all competitions): D-L-W-W-D-W
Marseille form (all competitions): L-W-L-W-W-W

TEAM NEWS:

City only have one injury concern in the form of Sergio Aguero, who remains a major doubt for this one after missing out against Fulham.

Guardiola will not risk an injury to the Argentine before the weekend’s derby with Manchester United. Joao Cancelo has had a lot of game time and he is expected to be rested for this game.

Many key players are expected to be rested since City has already qualified.

As for Marseille, they only have one absentee, with Nemanja Radonjic still sidelined with a thigh issue.

Villas-Boas’s back five did not do well in their most recent meeting with City, so the Portuguese boss will look to avoid a repeat of that fateful night, which should mean that Florian Thauvin returns to the attack.

PREDICTED LINEUPS AND MATCH PREDICTION:

Manchester City:

Marseille:

MATCH PREDICTION:

Manchester City 3-1 Marseille

Marseille have much more to play for in this tie than City do, but the last thing that Guardiola will want to see is his team take things slow despite having the group already wrapped up. A solid victory here would be a huge confidence boost before their trip to Old Trafford, so we expect a tough fight for Marseille, for whom this game matters more.

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