Big winner at the Vlodrome (4-1), last Tuesday, Olympique de Marseille has an incredible chance to come back to Sporting Portugal, this Wednesday (9pm). A win would see the phocen club in the qualifying zone for the 8th finals. Almost unexpectedly after a completely failed start.
Igor Tudor aims for victory in Lisbon.
Olympique de Marseille first in group D, next Wednesday at 11 p.m.? It is possible. With a confluence of circumstances far from delirious, but it is possible.
OM can be the first tonight
After a failed start with two defeats against Tottenham (2-0) and Eintracht Frankfurt (0-1), the French club got back in the saddle last Tuesday by crushing Sporting (4-1). A match marked by the incomprehensible blunders of Antonio Adan, who helped the Igor Tudor gang. The Spanish goalkeeper, banned from the Vlodrome and suspended for the return leg, will not be there to lend a hand to the vice-champion of France. But the current 3rd in Ligue 1 can believe in another victory on the side of Lisbon.
If successful, the Marseillais would be back in the race for the round of 16. With the win, the Marseille team would effectively equal their evening opponent with 6 points but above all a better goal difference in particular. If there is a triumph in the Portuguese capital, Marseille, currently bottom of their group, could even take the lead in the event of another draw between Tottenham and Frankfurt, tied by 4 points and which left close friends 8 years ago. days (1 -1)
Clauss and Guendouzi back
To achieve this, OM will have to raise the level of the game after Saturday’s first loss of the season in the league against Ajaccio (1-2). Was the Marseillais thinking a little too much about the match of the day? Most likely. However, they will have to show a different face as a defeat at Estdio Jos Alvalade would seriously jeopardize their qualifying chances, possibly 6 points behind Sporting.
The good news for the Croatian coach is that he will bring back two absent executives against the Corsican team. Indeed, Jonathan Clauss, who hit the thigh last week, and Matto Guendouzi, reduced after a blow, are available for this big encounter. Two major returns that can clearly make the difference. If OM wants to experience beautiful European evenings in the spring, then tonight requires a good result.
The likely compositions
Sport: Israel – Inacio, Coates (c), Reis – Porro, Ugarte, Morita, Nuno Santos – Trinco, Edwards, Gonalves.
Marseilles: Lopez – Mbemba, Bailly, Balerdi – Clauss, Rongier (c), Veretout, Nuno Tavares – Guendouzi, Sanchez, Harit.
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