October 3, 2022 Sports Betting
At the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday, a winless Marseille team will play Sporting Lisbon in the third matchday of the UEFA Champions League
Leoes presently have a winning record and have yet to concede, while Les Olympiens sit at the bottom of Group D after losing their first two games of this competition without scoring.
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Igor Tudor’s first year in charge of Marseille has been quite successful domestically, as his team has 23 points after nine games.
That number of three points, which is tied with their league-winning 1990–91 campaign, is their joint-highest total at this time in a top-flight season.
They enter this game with a disappointingly poor record in Europe, having dropped 16 of their previous 17 Champions League games while going scoreless in 11.
They have had a variety of hardships as a result of this competition in recent years, and they have also not fared well while playing Portuguese teams, losing six of their previous eight Champions League games against teams from the Primeira Liga.
Their most recent victory over a Portuguese team came in the first leg of the 1989–1990 semifinal, when they defeated Benfica 2-1. At the time, the competition was still known as the European Cup.
In their two Champions League games this season, the defending Ligue 1 runners-up, who typically build from the back and like to string together lots of passes, have not been able to find much of a rhythm.
Marseille has received the second-most fouls in this competition thus far, and a large part of that is because their opponents have prevented them from initiating their breakouts (31).
Les Minots have not scored first in a UCL match since the 2011–12 season, the last time they advanced past the group stage. However, they have not lost a domestic match this season in which they have scored the opening goal.
A goal or fewer have been allowed in each of Marseille’s home games during this domestic season, and their last Champions League triumph came at the Stade Velodrome in 2020–21 against Olympiacos.
Sporting Lisbon, who have won five of their past six UCL games at this level of the campaign, is a team that has emerged from a lengthy Champions League slump and has been on fire this tournament.
The team of Ruben Amorim put themselves in a difficult situation in 2021–22 by dropping their first two games in this competition before bouncing back to place second in their group.
They have been outstanding after two games this time around, blanking the defending Europa League champions (Eintracht Frankfurt) 3-0 and following that up with a 2-0 victory versus Tottenham, a team that was unbeaten in the Premier League before losing to Arsenal (3-1) last weekend. It appears that they have learned a lot from that poor start.
They have a 100% record at home and in Europe this season while leading at halftime, but all five of their goals in the 2022–23 Champions League have come in the second half.
Eight of their eleven goals in league play have come on the road, and they won their first Champions League clean sheet away from home since defeating Basel 1-0 in December 2008 when they began this competition.
Since defeating Lille twice in the 2010–11 Europa League group stage, Sporting has not encountered French opposition on the European level (2-1 away, 1-0 at home).
Although Marseille appears to have adopted Tudor’s concept, it appears that this competition is becoming a psychological hurdle for them because there are many excellent players on this team who have not performed to their full capacity in the Champions League.
Sporting, on the other hand, have been significantly more consistent in Europe this season than they were in Portugal, and we feel that their composure and finesse will allow them to keep their perfect record in the competition this season.