Place: France. Marseille. Stade Vélodrome.
Date: on the 10th of August, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of France. Ligue 1. 1st round.
Marseille (the head coach Rudi Garcia)
In the course of all second half of last season the hosts of Vélodrome were fighting against Monaco and Lyon for the second and third Champions League places while the champion title of the National championship was initially and quite deservedly designed to Paris Saint-Germain.
Alas, in spring the game of the team has experienced real decrease. And therefore Marseille has one by one lost basic matches to PSG (0:3) and Lyon (2:3). Then several confusing-point losses during the meetings with more weak teams – Nantes (1:1), Montpellier (0:0), Angers (1:1) and Guingamp (3:3). As a result Rudi Garcia’s team has taken the 4th position, having given way to Les Gones only one point:
Paris Saint-Germain – 93, Monaco – 80, Lyon – 78, Marseille – 77, Rennais – 58…
During this summer off-season the team has spent €29 million for strengthening of its squad. The starting lineup of Marseille consists of Croatian central back from the Austrian Salzburg Duje Ćaleta-Car (19 million) and the left wingback from Birmingham Aston Villa of Jordan Amavi (10 million).
Toulouse (the head coach Alain Casanova)
Toulouse that was so ambitious earlier “has reached” a relegation zone. And only at the last moment the team has managed to avoid leaving the highest division. Having taken the 18th position, the former team of Pascal Duprat became the participant of additional playoffs where it has won over Corsican Ajaccio by the sum of two matches with the score – 4:0 (3:0 and 1:0) and has won the right to play in elite league of the French football.
And then, soon after the end of the season, the former coach of Lens (Ligue 2) Alain Casanova became the new head coach of Toulouse. It is unlikely that now the fans of team have the right to dream about returning of their idols into the Europa League zone. Now for one of the underdogs of last season it is extremely important to stabilize the game and to stay in the group of mid level teams.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Marseille vs. Toulouse
The previous match of the current rivals on Stade Vélodrome has ended with quite predictable hosts’ victory – 2:0. Florian Thauvin and Lucas Ariel Ocampos have demonstrated good results. And now again Marseille is considered to be the pronounced favorite of the new meeting: Marseille – 1.40, Toulouse – 9.00.
Three months ago sports media predicted resignation of Rudi Garcia. However, contrary to opinion L’Équipe and France Football the head coach of Marseille remained on his post. Therefore today for the only winner of the Champions League (1993) in the history of the French football it is extremely important to begin a new season with a convincing victory and then to stay in the group of challengers for new Champions League berths.