Tottenham will look to seal their place in the knock-out round of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League when they take on Marseille on Tuesday in the final group stage game.
Venue: Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
Marseille scored 2+ goals in seven of their last 13 matches this season.
The hosts have an average of 57% possession in the last 20 matches.
They have enjoyed more possession in 18 of the last 20 matches.
Tottenham Hotspur have conceded 2+ goals in six of their last 10 away matches
They have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games.
The visitors are the only club to have defeated Marseille by a 2+ goal margin in any 2022/23 competition.
Head to head
Tottenham won the first leg 2-0.
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Marseille’s UEFA Champions League future is hanging on a delicate balance ahead of this all-or-nothing clash with Tottenham at home.
The hosts come into this last game of the round sitting bottom of their group, yet with an opportunity to finish top of the table given the tight nature of their group.
After five games all four teams in Group D are separated by two points, with top-of-the-table Tottenham sitting on eight points while Marseille are on six points. And so, many eyes will be on how the final matchday of Group D plays out, with this group the only one of the eight UCL groups to see no team eliminated nor assured of progression going into the final round.
However, this is quite an inopportune time for Marseille to be hosting Tottenham as the hosts are currently on their longest winless streak (D1, L3) across all competitions since Sept-Oct of 2021. They have only won twice since the beginning of October 2022 (D1, L4) and that was in their two games against Sporting Lisbon who collected red cards in both games.
As such, it seems there has been little to draw confidence from for the French Ligue 1 side whose poor run of form continued with a disappointing 2-2 draw with Strasbourg last time out.
But with the chance of playing in the next round of the UCL still intact, they will at least give their all to secure a win here and arrest a run of two consecutive losses at home.
Possible Marseille starting line-up
Pau López; Chancel Mbemba, Leonardo Balerdi, Sead Kolasinac; Jonathan Clauss, Valentin Rongier, Jordan Veretout, Nuno Tavares; Matteo Guendouzi, Amine Harit; Alexis Sanchez.
Injured: Eric Bailly
Tottenham arrested a poor run of form last time out when they came from two goals down to beat Bournemouth 3-2 in the Premier League.
The win ended a run of three games without a win for Antonio Conte’s men who will now travel to Marseille hoping to record back-to-back wins for the first time since recording three in a row in early October.
However, the Lilly Whites will be without their coach Conte for this fixture, after the Italian was sent off for protesting a contentious VAR decision in their last outing against Sporting.
Regardless of Conte’s absence on the touchline, Spurs will know that this fixture is a must-win for them if they are to qualify from this group.
Breaking a run of five competitive games without a first-half goal would certainly help their hopes of progression here, but the door could always be open against a Marseille side that were unable to hold on to a 2-0 half-time lead at the weekend.
The Premier League side can still qualify for the Round of 16 with a draw though, and it might be the best they can hope for after seven consecutive UEFA away trips without a win (D2, L5).
Possible Tottenham starting line-up
Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Ivan Perisic; Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.
Injured: Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison
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Marseille 1-2 Tottenham