Julien Laurens' Ligue 1 Betting: Michel Set For Tough Marseille Start


Marseille - Troyes - Sunday 20.00 GMT

After two defeats in their first two league games, Marseille will be under massive pressure on Sunday at home against Troyes. They cannot afford another loss.

They have appointed their new manager, Michel, on Wednesday to replace Marcelo Bielsa who resigned from his position after the first league game. Michel, the former Real Madrid and Spain international, has been successful with Olympiakos in recent years and should be on the bench for this game. He has a lot of work to do in his new club. Marseille have been poor in their first two matches. They had no creativity going forward and were fragile defensively.

Florian Thauvin has left the club to go to Newcastle and his replacement, Rémy Cabella is not fit yet to play. So Michel will not have many options to change the starting XI. However, he intends to shake things up and motivate his new players. The Stade Velodrome will be full on Sunday and the fans demand a reaction from the players and will welcome the new manager too.

Barrada should be back after his thigh injury but Romao is suspended after his red card against Reims last weekend. Michy Batshuayi needs to deliver up front after two very disappointing displays. If the fans and the players are hoping to get some inspiration from Michel, it is a tricky game for l’OM.

Stade de Reims v Olympique de Marseille - Ligue 1 : News Photo

Troyes have just been promoted and have had an okay start of the season too with two good performances despite two draws. They come to Marseille with no pressure at all but willing to play their counter-attacking game. They know they could cause problems to the Marseille defence like Caen and Reims did already this season.

Troyes have only won once in seven visits to the Vélodrome, back in 2001. They feel it is the perfect time to play Marseille and to do it again on Sunday. It is clear that all the pressure will be on the home side with Troyes having nothing to lose. I still think that Marseille will get a win on Sunday.

The odds are massively in favour of Marseille with a home win at 1.60. A draw is at 3.90 and an away win for Troyes is at 6.00.

Michy Batshuayi is favourite to score first at 5.50. My best tip is Marseille to win without conceding a goal at 2.40.

Score prediction: Marseille 1 Troyes 0 at 7.00