Manchester City will be heading to the south of France when they take on Olympique Marseille on match day 2 of the 2020/21 Champions League season after seeing off FC Porto 3-1 in their opening fixture.
The French side’s injury time defeat (1-0) against Olympiakos on matchday one marked a bad beginning for the French side, not to mention a tenth straight UEFA Champions League (UCL) loss. Curiously, it was the fifth time across their last six competitive matches they conceded precisely one goal (W2, D3, L1).
Currently on a six-match winless run against English opposition in European tournaments (D2, L4), Marseille have historically held their own in such matches at home (W6, D1, L5). Four competitive home matches this season have yielded mixed results however (W1, D2, L1), and they are yet to keep a clean sheet on home turf this season.
Manchester City conceded first again at the weekend (1-1), making it six times across eight competitive matches this season that both teams have scored in a City match. Nevertheless, they have recorded just a single defeat in eight competitive matches this season (W5, D2, L1), and are unbeaten away from home (W2, D2), scoring 2.0 goals on average across those.
Having scored 38 goals across their last 14 UCL matches (2.71 on average per match), City are potent in this competition, justifying widespread belief that they will win this group. Indeed, their last 20 matches in this tournament (W14, D3, L3) have averaged 3.8 total goals.
Marseille have proven themselves to be a decent team at least and will fancy their chances against the former Premier League champions. The odds look certain for both sides to score and you can stake on Betpay with odds of 1.75.