Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Olympique Marseille play host to Sporting CP at their Stade Velodrome in what is expected to be an interesting Champions League encounter. OM aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Tottenham and Eintracht Frankfurt, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Lisbon Lions. Chancel Mbemba is back from suspension, while Sead Kolasinac should miss out with injury. Fellow defender Nuno Tavares returns from a domestic ban.
The Portuguese outfit, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in Group D intact, but beating Marseille on the road is easier said than done. A close match is on the horizon in France, and we believe that a draw seems like the best option for Tuesday’s clash. As for the away side, all Daniel Braganca, Jerry St. Juste, and Luis Neto are sidelined with injuries, as well as Jovane Cabral.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers.
However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage.
Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.