The powerhouses of Ligue 1, Marseille, will play Panathinaikos in the opening leg of the qualifying third round on Wednesday in order to start their quest for a spot in the Champions League group stages. Wednesday night brings us the first legs of the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Champions League and features this upcoming contest between Greek club, Panathinaikos, and French visitors, Marseille when the two teams meet at the Stadio Apóstolos Nikolaidis. The Greek hosts had previously defeated Ukraine’s Dnipro-1 5-3 on aggregate.
Panathinaikos vs Marseille
Marseille has a constant drive to compete against the best teams. Marseille must still compete in the qualifying rounds to enter the important European competition because, in the last campaign, they came in 11 points behind the Ligue 1 champions, PSG. Marseille had a mediocre preseason, winning only two of its four games. They fell to Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the last match. Marseille’s first game of the season will be against the Greek vice-champions.
After losing their final three league games of the previous campaign, Marseille’s subsequent four preseason friendlies saw a mixed bag of results. They won against Nimes and RKC Waalwijk, but they also suffered losses to Eupen and Bayer Leverkusen.
Marseille will enter this new season having dropped six of their previous nine games across all competitions, despite having done the bulk of the hard lifting earlier in the season.
Despite not winning the Greek championship the previous year, Panathinaikos came in second. You will have the opportunity to participate in the Champions League during the qualification rounds thanks to it. Panathinaikos had a very successful preseason before defeating Dnipro-1 in the previous round of Champions League qualifying (5-3 on aggregate). Especially after their 2-2 draw with the Ukrainian team in Athens, the supporters probably anticipated a stronger performance.
In the previous round, the hosts defeated Dnipro-1 by winning the first leg 3-1 and then drew 2-2 at home. Over the course of the two games, they undoubtedly demonstrated their scoring potential, which this Marseille team may have lacked in the early going.
The visitors’ mixed record in Europe suggests they’ll struggle to gain a win in a competitive atmosphere in Athens, where they finished the previous season with three straight league road losses.
Since Marcelino’s new strikers may need some time to acclimate to one another, Marseille underwent a big offensive transformation this summer, giving Panathinaikos optimism for a successful outcome at home.
The Greek juggernauts are certain to at least once penetrate the Olympiens’ defense, but Marseille still has a wide array of players with a wealth of European experience, so the guests should return to their starting point with a first-leg advantage.
Panathinaikos’ two games against Dnipro-1 against Dnipro-1 showed us that the squad is very good offensively but also weak defensively. At the beginning of the season, it is typically difficult to predict how the teams will play. When Panathinaikos plays Marseille on Wednesday night, we anticipate both the team to score and concede at least one goal.
Tip: BTTS(YES) / Home to Win or Draw
BTTS (Yes) – ❌
Home to Win or Draw – ✅
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