Olympique Marseille vs FC Toulouse / Ligue 1 – France's new championship opens two teams that played a completely different role last season so Marseille played the final of the European League, and Toulouse was cheering for survival in the best of society while the difference in winning points was 40 in favour of Marseille. Marseille has a chance for the Champions League and they must be satisfied with the new involvement in Europa League, where they want to leave a deeper mark. Toulouse has been saved from the elimination by a straw and the goal in the new season is to try to avoid such a stressful ending. Both of their duels last season ended in favour of Marseille and Toulouse has been waiting for triumph since 2012.
Olympique Marseille vs FC Toulouse begins 10.08.2018. at 20:45 CET.
When everything is over, Marseille's season has been a success, and we need to especially mention the finals of Europa League, where even the biggest optimists did not see this French team, because Marseille's performance in that competition began in qualifiers. As Europa League progressed, they played better and better, but in the finals they could not parry Atletico Madrid.
In the championship they practically ended up fighting for positions in the Champions League but, in the end, they did not succeed and the remaining fourth, despite the series of eight games without defeat in the last eight rounds. After all, Rudi Garcia stayed on the bench and kept practically all the best players, while they did not buy much. Center-back Caleta-Car arrived and they also bought a contract from Aston Villa for Amavi. Rolando and Ocampos are having injury problems, and some of the players have later joined because of the obligations in their national teams.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Pele – Sarr, Abdennour, Sertic, Amavi – Luiz Gustavo, Anguissa – Payet, Sanson, Cabella – Germain
Toulouse had a very heavy and stressful season, but in the end everything ended well. Even the start itself was not so bad and they were mostly in the middle of the table, but as the championship progressed, they were playing weaker and they were always in the relegation zone, or just above it. They had a very bad series of bine matches without a win, and in the end they remained in the position that led to playoffs for survival. They have shined there and they have mastered Ajaccio twice, with the proviso that everything has practically been solved after the first duel in which they celebrated as guests with 3-0.
They were patient in the rematch, and finally they came to a new triumph with one goal. They have retained their elite rank status, but not their coach Mickael Debeve and Toulouse will be led by a new coach Alain Casanova in the new championship, who has already coached this team for seven years. They sold their center-back Diopa and that was the biggest loss, while goalkeeper Lafont left the team, and some of the loans have expired. The biggest boosts this season are goalkeeper Reynet and midfielder Dossev.
Probable lineups FC Toulouse: Reynet – Amian, Jullien, Yago, Moubandje – Blin, Sangare – Dossevi, Somalia, Gradel – Mubele
Olympique Marseille vs FC Toulouse PICK
Marseille could be vulnerable at the very beginning of the season, because some of the players later joined the preparations and therefore they had varying results in friendly matches. Toulouse is objectively much weaker, but they could do something in such a ratio of strengths.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.95 at williamhill (down to 1.85 can be played)
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