Marseille get their 2022/23 Ligue 1 campaign underway by welcoming Reims to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday at 7:45pm (UK time).
Les Phocéens finished second last season but haven’t had the smoothest of summers, saying goodbye to manager Jorge Sampaoli, with Igor Tudor coming in to replace him. Reims, meanwhile, will be hoping to continue their stay in the top flight after a fairly comfortable 12th-placed finish in 2021/22, some 14 points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
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Marseille team news
Most clubs would be happy after a second-placed finish, especially when the only team to finish above you is Paris Saint-Germain, but there was no time for celebrations for Marseille. Sampaoli wanted to use the summer to bolster his squad, ensuring the 2021/22 campaign was not a fluke but left at the start of July when it appeared he wasn’t being backed in the transfer market. Before Sampaoli’s departure, Marseille had made five signings but three were loan moves made permanent, with just two new faces coming in.
But they have since made five more signings (taking them to 10 in total) including the permanent arrival of Matteo Guendouzi, Chancel Mbemba and Jonathan Clauss – with Nuno Tavares joining from Arsenal on loan.
Under Tudor in pre-season, Marseille stuck with a three-man central defence, utilising Clauss at wing-back with Gerson and Dimitri Payet playing behind Colombian Luis Suarez, so we could see that system in play on Sunday. New signing Ruben Blanco could start in goal with Pau Lopez yet to recover from a groin injury, and Pape Gueye carries over a suspension from last season.
Reims team news
Reims’ big move this summer has got to be signing Junya Ito from Genk after the Japanese winger provided 21 assists in Belgium last season. He is one of six new arrivals at Reims, also joined by Folarin Balogun on loan from Arsenal, though the latter’s signing may be too late for him to be involved in this weekend’s game – not getting up to speed with the rest of the squad yet.
However, Ito will not be available for the opening weekend of the season due to injury, with Jens Cajuste, Thomas Foket and Nathanael Mbuku also expected to miss out.
Scoreline prediction: Marseille 2-0 Reims
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