PSG vs Marseille Prediction and Betting Tips French Ligue 1 Sunday, 23rd October 2016

PSG vs Marseille
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Kick-Off at 19:00 BST
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris.

Unai Emery is not expecting Rudi Garcia's arrival to dramatically change Marseille -- at least not this week.

Garcia was appointed during the week by OM's new American owner Frank McCourt and begins his reign with perhaps the toughest test imaginable, away to Emery's Paris St Germain side.

Emery told "The appointment of Rudi Garcia will change things but, having come in so late, he will not have had chance to make big changes in the team.

"From our point of view we are preparing for the match based on the nine games Marseille have played so far, while also studying the style of Rudi Garcia's former teams.

"Le Classique is a different match, a special match. And after a new coach arrives, it's normal that the players step up and show even more effort than usual. So there are at least two reasons for Marseille to produce a good performance.

"For me, every match is important as we defend the colours of Paris St Germain. That is the case for the players and also for me. But the match against Marseille has a particular flavour and we play it in front of our supporters, who make the match that bit more special."

Javier Pastore is PSG's only absentee, with Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria all proving their fitness in training. Emery will take a late decision on whether to play Motta from the start.

Garcia took over with Marseille languishing in the bottom half of Ligue 1, albeit within striking distance of the European places in a congested table.

Speaking to the club's official website, defender Rod Fanni said of his arrival: "It can be a boost for the team, perhaps.

"He knows what he wants to do, he's very clear in training, he already has a vision for us and for what he wants to achieve with us."

Emery believes Marseille's takeover is good news for Ligue 1, and even for his team.

"I think it's a good thing that a new investor has arrived at the head of the club to give the team the possibility to develop," he said.

"The league needs good teams and good players. Paris St Germain also need to have strong rivals in the championship."

One of Marseille's most famous fans, Zinedine Zidane, also has high hopes for the club's new era.

The Real Madrid coach and former France international said of McCourt: "He is arriving with a new project, a new coach. I hope we can see Marseille return to the top. The project is in place to hope for that."

PSG vs Marseille: Head to Head Stats

PSG have total dominance over Marseille, from the last 10 games PSG has won all of them. Marseille have not had a look in. Half of those wins has ended in the same score line of 2-0. The last four fixtures have all ended with 3 goals or more.

PSG vs Marseille: Prediction

This is a perfect opportunity for coach Emery to get all of the fans on his side after a difficult start. PSG are simply too good for Marseille who has yet to win a game away this season.

There are no indicators to think otherwise. Emery demanded much more from his side after they beat Basel in mid-week and that was a crying call for this game. PSG are obliged to be ready and so should we.

PSG vs Marseille: Betting Tips

PSG to beat Marseille with -1 goal start at 4/5 (1.80).

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