The beginning of a new season is always a difficult moment for the teams who aspire to win the championship, with Marseille being one of them. The French championship is more competitive than ever, but even though PSG has by far the best team, they are not the only ones to worry about. Monaco can rely on its best players and with Colombian superstar Falcao back to fitness, they should give the reigning champions a run for their money.
Marseille is not among the favorites to lift the trophy, but they can change all that, by starting the season on the right foot and taking an early lead. So far, the stars seem to have aligned in their favor, because PSG failed to win the opening match away at Reims. With both Lyon and Monaco playing tomorrow, Marseille have the rare opportunity of getting at the helm, even if for only 24 hours.
In order to do that, they need to secure all three points away from home at Bastia, a team that has a reputation for playing defensive football very effectively. Past performance suggests that the hosts are going to defend with all lines for 90 min., but shouldn’t be underestimated on the counterattack. Last season they scored just enough goals to ensure a winning record in front of their fans and their hopes of remaining in the first French division depend on home performance.
Marseille have more than one ace in its sleeves, with its best asset being by far the offensive, and it is Gignac and Payet that they will be relying on tonight. The two strikers have scored a total of 24 goals last season with the former being the one who stood out from the crowd, with 16 goals. Both of them have met expectations in a single friendly games and overall the team scored 13 times en route to winning three of the four matches.
They decided to play most of the games at home, which leaves us with very little useful information about their performance on the road. The visitors will come out firing on all cylinders, in an attempt of taking the lead early on, because the longer the hosts deny them the chance to score, the more difficult it would be to win. As far as punters are concerned, the visiting team is clearly the one that is worth backing tonight, but the odds are not high enough.
Last season, Bastia managed to defeat opponents 10 times when having home pitch advantage but they were not particularly successful against Marseille over the last decade. It was the visitors who won five of the last six head to head games and each time they had to settle for a narrow margin victory. This is the most likely outcome for tonight, so punters who seek the best return on investment should place a small bet on Marseille to win by exactly one goal.