Lionel Messi will lead Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in their visit to Olympique de Marseille in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France. The Parisian club is facing a challenge as they will be without the services of two of their star forwards, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, due to injury. This leaves Messi as the main offensive weapon for the team. Despite a difficult January in Ligue 1, PSG has regained control of their season with two consecutive wins in the league.
Marseille, currently second in the Ligue 1 table, sits 8 points behind PSG and has not won against the Parisian club in their last five matches across all competitions. The last time Marseille beat PSG was in September of 2020, when they won 1-0 at Parc des Princes. However, Marseille has not been able to beat PSG at home since November of 2011, a span of 10 matches.
This match against Marseille provides a good opportunity for PSG to test their attack capabilities with Messi as the lead player. The Argentine star will have a bigger challenge ahead of him as he leads PSG against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Neymar is close to a return, but he is likely to be eased back into the team.
This match between two Ligue 1 heavyweights promises to be an exciting one. PSG will be looking to advance to the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France while Marseille will aim to end their winless streak against the Parisian club. With the talent and experience of both teams, this match is sure to be a thrilling encounter.
How to watch Marseille vs PSG
Because this match is a Coupe de France game and not French league action, it is less televised worldwide than a normal meeting between these two Ligue 1 heavyweights.
Here’s what time the match is taking place in multiple territories and whether the game is being televised or streamed in that territory.
|USA||Wed, Feb. 8||15:10 ET||—||Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports GO|
|UK||Wed, Feb. 8||20:10 GMT||—||—|
|Australia||Thu, Feb. 9||07:10 AEST||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports|
|Canada||Wed, Feb. 8||15:10 ET||beIN Sports||fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect|
|India||Thu, Feb. 9||01:40 IST||—||—|
|New Zealand||Thu, Feb. 9||09:10 NZST||Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports||beIN Sports Connect|
|Malaysia||Thu, Feb. 9||04:10 MT||—||—|
|Singapore||Thu, Feb. 9||04:10 SST||—||—|
|Hong Kong||Thu, Feb. 9||04:10 HKST||beIN Sports 2||beIN Sports Connect, Now Player|
Marseille vs PSG projected lineups & team news
Eric Bailly is still suspended for the red card he picked up against Hyeres in the first round of the Coupe de France, while fellow defender Leonardo Balerdi is also banned due to yellow card accumulation.
That means Marseille will likely play a back-three seeing former Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac join Samuel Gigot and Chancel Mbemba.
Playmaker Amine Harit suffered an ACL sprain in November, and while it’s not expected to be as bad as a full tear, there’s still no timeline on his potential return.
Marseille projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Lopez (GK) — Mbemba, Gigot, Kolasinac — Clauss, Veretout, Guendouzi, Payet, Tavares — A. Sanchez, Under.
Two of PSG’s three-headed attacking monster are struggling with injuries, as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are both sidelined with thigh problems. Mbappe has already been ruled out for this game and the Champions League knockout first leg against Bayern Munich.
Neymar has returned to training and could feature in this match, but it’s likely he will be eased back in given the Champions League games to come. The same goes for Sergio Ramos, and Danilo Pereira could get another game at centre-back.
That leaves Lionel Messi to lead the attacking line alongside Hugo Ekitike. It seemed Renato Sanches would get a chance in the thinned team but he too went off injured last time out against Toulouse and is out. Presnel Kimpembe is close to returning but is not yet available, while the same goes for Nordi Mukiele.
PSG projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Donnarumma (GK) — Hakimi, Marquinhos, Danilo, Mendes — Vitinha, Verratti, Zaire-Emery, Soler — Messi, Ekitike.
Marseille vs PSG betting odds & lines
Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).
PSG are considered slight favorites in this match, but given their injury struggles, a tight affair is expected. PSG are plus-odds favorites, while Marseille’s moneyline odds are considered better than the draw.
Despite the injuries to Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, one thing bookmakers can clearly agree on is that this match will provide lots of goals. Both teams are hugely expected to score, while the over is heavily inflated as well. Marseille have a high-powered attack to provide as well, with Alexis Sanchez and Dimitri Payet both in good form this season.
to score Y / N
|-175 / +125||-196 / +122||8/15, 11/8||1.50 / 2.38|
|Over / Under|
|-160 / +110||-156 / +113||8/13, 6/5||1.62 / 2.20|
|PSG to advance||-165||—||—||—|
|OM to advance||+115||—||—||—|