Olympique Marseille vs Brighton & Hove Albion recommended bets
Olympique Marseille vs Brighton & Hove Albion match preview
After defeat in their first-ever European match a fortnight ago, it’s imperative that Brighton & Hove Albion leave France with a positive result.
On matchday one, AEK Athens rather spoiled Brighton’s party, as the Greek champions left Sussex 3-2 winners, despite the fact João Pedro twice equalised from the penalty spot.
Robert De Zerbi’s team continue to guarantee goals, both for and against, smashed 6-1 by Aston Villa on Saturday, thereby slipping down to sixth in the Premier League.
The Seagulls’ next three fixtures are Liverpool (H), Manchester City (A) and then Ajax (H), with an international break in-between, so this is the start of a pivotal month for Brighton.
Olympique de Marseille meantime have had a typically chaotic start to the campaign, with manager Marcelino resigning after just seven games in charge, after receiving death-threats from the ultras.
Now led by Gennaro Gattuso, OM are 12th in Ligue 1, following back-to-back defeats, smashed 4-0 by PSG in Le Classique, before Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Monaco.
In Europe, les Phocéens were dumped out of Champions League qualifying by Panathinaikos on penalties, and then began their Europa League adventure with a franetic 3-3 draw at Johan Cruyff Arena.
Jonathan Clauss on target before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Amsterdam.
If Marseille are going to get out of this very tough group, they’ll need to make Stade Vélodrome a fortress, so will they defeat Brighton here?
Olympique Marseille team news
Gennaro Gattuso took charge for the very first time at the weekend, switching to a 4-3-3, from Marcelino’s 4-4-2, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line on his own.
Fit again Ismaïla Sarr could return out-wide, but midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is out injured.
Brighton & Hove Albion team news
Roberto De Zerbi continues to rotate his goalkeepers, with Jason Steele starting for the fifth time on Saturday, while Bart Verbruggen has donned the gloves four times.
Jan Paul van Hecke, James Milner, Mahmoud Dahoud, Ansu Fati and matchday one scorer João Pedro could all come into the XI that was smashed at Villa Park on Saturday.