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Marseille vs Benfica Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
16 April 2024, 16:57

In the second match of the Portuguese-French pair, Marseille awaits Benfica at the Velodrome in a state of despair. The first match between the two ended 2-1 in favour of Benfica even though the match did not feature a lot of momentum for both teams. Benfica was simply better in converting its own chances, with Rodrigo Silva and forever young Angel Di Maria brought Benfica to victory. Interestingly enough, the teams met only twice in official games before this year’s quarter finals, in the 1/8 finals of Europa League in 2010, where Benfica was also better (1-1, 2-1). This time, the teams have already seen the 2-1 result and the upcoming match will show whether the teams can secure the complete repeat of their previous tie.

Marseille vs Benfica Preview 

Marseille Preview

Marseille’s internal problems and coach shuffles resulted in the extreme instability of the team - with Jean-Louis Gasset taking over the team, Marseille began to show an impressive display, having a series of 5 consecutive wins, including a memorable 4-0 win over Villarreal. However, as the second leg of the clash with the Spaniards was lost, the team crumbled, even though the loss did not prevent Marseille from advancing into quarter finals. Currently, Marseille has a series of 5 consecutive losses, indicating a deep crisis that can prevent the team from entering the top 6 in Ligue 1. With 39 points, Marseille is in ninth place, with a gap of 4 points from the 6th placed Lens. It is unclear whether the team has resources for the end of the season, given that key players like Papa Gueye or Ismail Sarr are still unable to play.

Benfica Preview 

Benfica this season is almost inferior among the Portuguese teams, with only Sporting performing better in the domestic championship. In the usual triumvirate of Porto, Sporting, and Benfica, this season sees Porto lagging behind, while Sporting has 4 points advantage and one extra game in reserve, which most likely implies that Benfica will finish the championship in second place. At the same time, Sporting has already finished its European campaign, being eliminated from Atalanta. Benfica maintains a strong run, with only 2 losses in the last 10 games. The team approaches the upcoming match without any serious problems with the squad and is eager to secure the advantage which was achieved in the first match.

Betting Tips for Marseille vs Benfica

Benfica Draw No Bet

Given the state of mind of Marseille, Benfica comes to France with advantage in both game and psychological stance. The Portuguese team seemingly has more resources to spare in the upcoming match with the only positive moment for Marseille is the factor of their own field. After a series of 5 wins and 5 loses, who knows, maybe it is the time to start a series of 5 draws, but Benfica will likely not lose to such disengaged Marseille. Unibet gives 2.07 for this Marseille vs Benfica prediction.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams were on the scoresheet in all of the matches between the two, even in the friendly occasions. In the upcoming match, Benfica will have all the chances to find its goal, given that the team did not score only three times in 13 away matches during this season. Marseille, on the other hand, has the factor of Velodrome, where the team enjoyed decent performances even in this turbulent season and scored at least once in 11 out of 13 matches. Marseille vs Benfica odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.58.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Score at Any Time 

The Gabonian striker is probably the only bright spot in this season for Marseille. Even in the team’s darkest hour, Aubameyang continues to score on a regular basis. Through the losing streak of Marseille, 2 out of 3 goals scored during this period were produced by Aubameyang. As the best goalscorer of the Europa League, he has all the chances to be on the scoresheet again. Unibet gives 2.35 for this Marseille vs Benfica tip. 

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