MAR vs REI Dream11 : Marseille and Stade Reims begin their league campaigns today with the two outfits set to clash heads against each other today
The wait for French football has finally come to a much awaited end, seeing the Ligue 1 begin with Lyon and Monaco clashing heads in the first encounter of the 2019-20 edition of the league. It was a match which saw trash Monaco, a 3-0 win in the only encounter contested till now in the league.
However the matches come in thick today with the league finally being set alight with a hoard of matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. And one of those matches on Saturday see Marseille and Stade Reims begin their life in the ongoing league with the two sides set to face off against each other in what will be either side’s league opener.
For both the sides, the ambition this edition of the league is about bettering their positions from the gone by season. Where Marseille ended fifth, failing to end in the top 4 and put on a meaningful fight for the top 4, Stade Reims ended in lowly 8th with the side suffering the aberrations of a spate of 16 draws.
This encounter is set to be the 12th time these two sides will be facing off against each other with the fixture being an evenly contested one. Marseille have won the four matches to Stade Reims three while the four have ended in a draws, a narrative which should see today’s encounter being contested as a tight and competitive contest.
Both the sides enter the land of today’s encounter more or less evenly balanced. There’s very little to separate them in terms of the quality both these sides posses and expect this to be an encounter where the margins for a win are extremely small.
What should just about tilt the balance in Marseille’s favour is the slightly better equipped attacking department they have at their disposal. Expect Stade Reims to come out with an extremely defensive gameplan and make things extremely tedious for Marseille, something which served them fruitfully last season but Marseille should manage to find a goal to seal the win for them.
Probable Playing 11
- Zeneli has been ruled out of this encounter for Marseille due to a thigh injury while Thauvin’s participation remains a doubt.
- Cafaro and Pinson are out for Stade Reims’ with the two still recovering from their knee and shoulder injuries respectively.
Mandanda (GK), Sakai, Caleta-Car, Kamara, Amavi, Sanson, Strootman, Gustavo, Thauvin, Germain, Payet
Rajkovic (GK), Foket, Abdelhamid, Disasi, Konan, Romao, Chavalerin, Oudin, Dingome, Cafaro, Dia
Match: Marseille Vs Stade Reims
Date And Time: 10th August, Sunday- 9:00pm IST
Venue: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Where To Watch: Star Sports Select 1/HD
- Kamara, Gustavo, Thauvin, Germain
- Rajkovic, Dingome, Cafaro, Dia
Dream 11 Picks
Goal-Keeper for MAR vs REI Dream11
A major reason for Stade Reims remaining unbeaten in their last 6 matches has been due to their well disciplined and organised defence with their goal-keeper Predrag Rajkovic a big reason for that. He’s an astute shot stopper, someone who has an ability to come up with some well timed jumps and leaps to stop the ball from entering the goal.
Defenders for MAR vs REI Dream11
With the previous match ending a draw between the two sides, another shut out is a very realistic likelihood. And it’s this script which sees us indulge in a slew of players involved in the defensive side of things with us expecting the backline of both the sides to rise to the occasion today.
Having kept 10 cleansheets at home in the previous season along with winning their opening day fixtures on the last couple of occasions with two cleansheets, Marseille could come out of this with another one. We’ve picked out an entire trivalent of players from the side’s defence owing to this, getting in players who’ll not only give us tackle and block points but have a likelihood to register an assist as well.
Jordam Amavi, Duje Caleta Car and Boubacar Kamara all come in from the outfit while from Stade Reims we have opted for Thomas Foket.
Midfielders for MAR vs REI Dream11
The side’s top scorer in the previous edition with 10 goals to his name, 6 of which came away from home, Stade Reims’ Remi Oudin is our first pick from the side today. If the side are to have a chance of scoring, he’s going to play a quissential role for them and is a pick we just can’t afford to keep out of our side.
Someone who assisted him extremely well in the previous campaign was Mathieu Cafaro, scoring 7 goals to help the side in their travails of entering the top 10. Tristan Dingome comes in as well from the side while from Marseille we have opted to get in Luiz Gustavo and CDM Morgan Sanson.
Strikers for MAR vs REI Dream11
With Thauvin a doubt for this encounter, the brunt of scoring the goals will lie be borne by Valere Germain for Marseille. He had a fruitful season the last time around, scoring 8 and assisting two and could easily find himself on the scoresheet today as well.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have gone in with Germain as our captain while Kamara is our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.