Olympique de Marseille are preparing for another tilt at the Ligue 1 title and bwin’s latest odds suggest Les Phoceens would be good bets to win back the league crown they surrendered last year.
With favourites Lyon finishing below OM in the 2010-11 season and last season’s champions Lille seemingly out of the running in the title betting market, Marseille look to be in a good position.
With odds of 11/5, a successful £25 free bet on OM to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £80.
Marseille’s chances have been further improved by the decision of Didier Deschamps to continue his career at the club rather than move elsewhere.
A highly-rated coach linked with vacancies at former club Chelsea and Roma in recent weeks, Deschamps has opted to stay in France for the remaining year on his contract and possibly beyond.
This is an undoubted boost for Les Phoceens considering Deschamps has bagged four trophies in his two years at the club, including Le Championnat in 2010.
Crucially, Deschamps suggested his decision to stay was rooted in the realisation that he would be able to build a team capable of winning the title for the second time in three seasons.
“I have decided to continue my adventure with Olympique Marseille and to stay on for the long haul by extending my contract for two years,” he said earlier this month.
“I now have a road map with the financial wherewithal so that from today I can prepare the most competitive team possible in a precise budgetary framework.”
This team is likely to include Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra and Monaco defender Nicolas Nkoulou after Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo expressed an interest in both players in an interview with La Marseillaise.
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