Marseille and Villarreal continue their preparation for the new season when they meet for a friendly in France on Saturday at 8pm (UK time).
Villarreal will be looking forward to Champions League participation thanks to their Europa League win, while Marseille are getting set for a season in Europe’s secondary competition.
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Scoreline prediction: Marseille 2-1 Villarreal
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Marseille vs Villarreal build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Marseille were essentially the best of the rest in Ligue 1 last season, finishing fifth, some 16 points behind the top four who were separated by just seven. Thanks to PSG winning the Coupe de France, fifth was enough to secure Marseille a spot in the Europa League group stage, a good return for a season that risked being overshadowed by Andre Villas-Boas’ swift departure in February following criticism of the club’s board. Jorge Sampaoli took the reins and is now preparing for his first full campaign in charge of Marseille. Preparations have gone really well for the club, who are unbeaten in six games, with this clash being their final planned friendly.
In stark contrast, Villarreal’s pre-season preparations have been turgid, as they have played just three games due to mass cancellations. And they’re not too far away from competitive football with the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea coming on August 11 in Belfast. Villarreal won their spot in the showpiece as a result of their Europa League win, beating Manchester United on penalties to also secure their first ever major honour. On top of playing just three games in pre-season, Unai Emery’s side are still awaiting their first win, losing to Valencia while drawing with Lyon and Levante.
- Marseille (vs Saint-Etienne): Mandanda; Saliba, Balerdi, Amavi; Radonjic, Guendouzi, Rongier, Gerson, De la Fuente; Benedetto, Payet.
- Villarreal (vs Levante): Jorgensen; Foyth, Albiol, Cuenca, Moreno; Pena, Parejo*, Ontiveros, Hassan; Pino, Nino.
Dani Parejo is out for this clash (and the Super Cup) after suffering a calf injury against Levante, but that is Villarreal’s only fresh concern. Marseille, have a fairly full-strength squad.
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Player to watch: Konrad de La Fuente (Marseille)
One of Barcelona’s departures this summer, Konrad de La Fuente came through the famed La Masia academy to play three times for the Blaugrana first team last season, including two appearances in the Champions League (albeit accumulating just 17 minutes).
But he joined Marseille on a permanent deal, partially due to the club’s financial issues, and scored his first (unofficial) goal for the French club in their last friendly against Saint-Etienne with an excellent first touch and finish. Playing in a wing-back position, De La Fuente will be tested defensively but also provides the attacking width that could evolve alongside his potential partnership with Dimitri Payet.
Nice turn and finish from Konrad de la Fuente in Marseille's friendly against Saint-Etienne 🇺🇸🇫🇷⚽️ pic.twitter.com/UItLF1EQz2
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) July 28, 2021
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