Marseille entered a shadowy cone. Difficult mission for Reims on Stade Velodrome.
Marseille: Team information, moment form
The previous season, Marseille finished in 5th position. It was a failed campaign from all points of view for the team, which failed to take a European place. Under these conditions, Olympique Marseille must take it from 0 and focus only on Ligue 1 this season. Today’s hosts have not strengthened at all, the only transfer being the striker Dario Benedetto. The 29-year-old Argentine top came to 14 million euros, from Boca Junios. Alvaro Gonzalez represents the second transfer, this being borrowed from Villarreal. Instead, the team was split this summer by Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Clinton N`Jie (Dinamo Moscow), Yusuf Sari (Trabzonspor), Tomas Hubocan, Mario Balotelli and Rolando.
Reims: Team information, moment form
Reims finished at 3 positions away from Marseille, with 55 points accumulated in 38 rounds. The guests of this meeting can declare themselves satisfied with the previous season, taking into account the value of the team. The guests made an extremely important transfer during this market period. They acquired Predrag Rajkovic, the former U20 world champion, with Serbia. Maccabi tel Aviv sold it for only 5 million euros. Bjorn Engels also arrived at the team (central defender), being transferred for the amount of 4 million euros, from Olympiakos. Besides Rajkovic, Reims also brought a 20-year-old goalkeeper from Troyes, Yehvann Diouf.
Marseille vs Reims Picks
Marseille look pretty modest at the moment, losing key players, without transferring anything in return. However, the difference in value is clear and I do not think the team can lose on their own ground in the opening round. At the same time, Reims does not expect me to be an easy prey, especially with the reinforcements coming in the defensive compartment.
Our Prediction: 1X