Man City vs Marseille: All change but City still too good

Man City vs Marseille: All change but City still too good

Kick-off: 2000, 09/12/2020

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City have already won their Champions League group and Pep Guardiola will rotate his squad for the visit of Marseille.

City have picked up 13 points from their first five matches, with last week’s goalless draw at Porto ensuring there is nothing at stake for the hosts in their final match.

Marseille still have a chance of claiming third place and dropping into the Europa League so should be competitive, meaning under 2.5 goals at 23/20 is our opening Man City vs Marseille prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City may be playing catch-up in the Premier League but it has been a very different story in Europe where they have reached the last 16 with the minimum of fuss.

Guardiola’s men won their first four matches and then got the point they needed in Portugal last week to win the group.

That was followed by a routine 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday which means since losing 5-2 to Leicester in September, City have conceded just six times in 14 games in all competitions.

Centre-back John Stones said: “We have got to keep the momentum and the wins going, keep the goals coming.

“Clean sheets are a platform to go and express ourselves, go and score goals and hopefully win the games. It’s something we are really priding ourselves on at the back.

“It is definitely a momentum thing and a confidence thing for the squad, and we have got to keep that momentum going.”

Guardiola had one eye on this game when he opted not to make a substitution against Fulham, saying: “That is the reason why I wanted the players to play 90 minutes.

“They’re not going to play Wednesday and the guys who didn’t play are going to play Wednesday.”

That adds to the feeling that City may not be at their fluent best here, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling not starting, so a goalless first half appeals at 9/4 in the Man City vs Marseille odds.

A Look At Marseille’s Betting Odds

Marseille head into the final game bottom of Group C but level on points with third-placed Olympiacos.

Last week’s 2-1 victory against the Greek side, courtesy of two second-half penalties from Dimitri Payet, kept alive their hopes of a Europa League place.

They have an inferior head-to-head record against Olympiacos though due to conceding an away goal last week, meaning they must pick up more points in Manchester than their rivals do at home to Porto.

That looks a tall order, especially with Porto having nothing to play for, and Marseille’s motivation levels could drop if the game in Greece is not going their way.

With that in mind, City to win after drawing at the break looks a good option at 16/5 for our final Man City vs Marseille prediction.

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Last result:

MAN CITY 2-0 Fulham – Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne (pen)

Nimes 0-2 MARSEILLE – Dario Benedetto, Valere Germain

Head-to-head: Marseille 0-3 Man City

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