Tottenham vs Marseille: Champions League preview and prediction

After a two-year absence from Europe’s elite club competition, Spurs face a potentially tricky opener against a Marseille side who have made a flying start to the season.

Marseille are joint-top alongside Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue and are unbeaten in their opening six games under new manager Igor Tudor.

But Tottenham are favourites to progress from Group D, which, as well as Marseille, features Sporting and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Tottenham vs Marseille is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London will host the match.

Where to watch Tottenham vs Marseille

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 3 and Ultimate 4K.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Tottenham vs Marseille team news

Antonio Conte made five changes for the win over Fulham, which was by a narrow scoreline which did not reflect his side’s dominance. Richarlison came in for his first start and impressed so could keep his place, though Dejan Kulusevski will have other ideas. Son Heung-min has struggled this season but is unlikely to be dropped.

Cristian Romero returned from injury and will start again, with Ben Davies and Eric Dier likely side despite loanee Clement Lenglet’s impressive first start. Ivan Perisic will return at wing-back.

Conte has been curiously reluctant to play Matt Doherty at the start of this season but Emerson Royal is surely due a rest and could be saved for the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Richarlison may have done enough to keep his place.

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There will be plenty of familiar faces in the Marseille squad, including former Arsenal duo Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinc, and Gunners loanee Nuno Tavares. Former West Ham star Dimitri Payet is likely to miss out with a calf injury. Alexis Sanchez is suspended.

Tottenham vs Marseille prediction

This is not the relatively easy game some fans may have anticipated when the group stage draw was made.

Spurs are unbeaten so far this season, but so are Marseille. Injuries could play into the hosts’ hands, but their French opponents have only conceded three times in six games and scored 13.

Marseille will be equally wary in what is their toughest game of the group. A win for either team could prove invaluable come their second meeting in November.

Spurs to win 3-2.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

This is the first meeting between the two sides.

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