UEFA Champions League Preview: Marseille vs Manchester City

Sergio Aguero-Manchester City
Sergio Aguero-Manchester City

Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Key Statistics

Marseille have won just two of their last six matches in all competitions. 

Man City are undefeated in five of their last six matches in all competitions. 

Marseille have conceded in five of their last six matches in all competitions. 


The French outfit were beaten by Olympiacos last week and they will be under pressure against the Premier League Giants.

Marseille have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions and they will have to improve a lot in order to beat Manchester City.

Marseille have lost their last 10 Champions League games and City will fancy their chances of a comfortable win this week. The Premier League outfit are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 Champions League games and they have the quality to secure a comfortable win here.

Manchester City will be without the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, and Nathan Ake for this game.

Marseille – Possible line-up

Mandanda; Sakai, Álvaro, Ćaleta-Car, Amavi; Rongier, Kamara, Sanson; Thauvin, Benedetto, Payet

Everything is possible in football. We have a lot of respect for [Man .City], they’re a very good team, but we are too, and we hope to have a good match tomorrow. We have prepared well with the staff and the coach, and we hope to bring back our first points.

Dimitri [Payet] is a key player. We have spoken and we both know he can do better. But it does not only depend on him, also on the team, which must help raise his level. He needs to rediscover what he brought to the team last season.

André Villas-Boas, Marseille coach

Manchester City

Manchester City travel to France for the next Champions League game and it will be interesting to see if they can come away with all three points from Marseille.

The Premier League side picked up a 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League and they will be confident heading into this game.

Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and they should be able to grind out a win here as well.

Manchester City – Possible line-up

Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Torres

Unavailble Players

Agüero (hamstring), Gabriel Jesus (quadriceps), Fernandinho (muscular), Mendy (muscular), Aké (groin)

I think I answered this 250 times since I came here. I will try [to win the competition], like every year we try it. It was important to start with a win at home as winning home games is the most important thing. Tomorrow is the second game. We want to win.

Pep Guardiola, Man. City manager