Preview: Panathinaikos vs Marseille

Panathinaikos are playing Marseille at the Third qualifying round of Champions League on August 9 UTC.

Panathinaikos will welcome Marseille to the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Wednesday.

The hosts booked their place in the third round with a comfortable 5-3 win on aggregate over Dnipro-1 in the second round. They are back in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time since the 2015-16 season and will look to qualify for the group stage for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.

The visitors played in the Champions League group stage last season but failed to make it into the knockout stage as they finished fourth in Group D and did not qualify for the UEFA Europa League knockout round playoffs either.

The visitors will play their first competitive game of the season on Wednesday. They suffered a 2-1 defeat at home against Bayer Leverkusen in their last friendly in the pre-season.

The hosts played in the third round of the UEFA Europa Conference League last season and were eliminated by Slavia Prague 3-1 on aggregate. They last qualified for a European competition in the UEFA Europa League in the 2016-17 season.

Recent Form:


Panathinaikos have won 3 times (1-3 against Dnipro on 26th of July, 3-1 against AEK Larnaca on 10th of July and 0-1 against CSKA 1948 Sofia on 6th of July), lost once (0-1 against Rayo Vallecano on 19th of July) and drew twice (2-2 against Dnipro on 2nd of August and 1-1 against Hapoel Beer Sheva on 15th of July) in their most recent 6 matches.


Marseille have won twice (0-1 against RKC on 27th of July and 2-0 against Nimes on 16th of July) and lost 4 times (1-2 against Bayer Leverkusen on 3rd of August, 1-0 against Eupen on 22nd of July, 1-0 against Ajaccio on 4th of June and 1-2 against Brest on 28th of May) in their most recent 6 matches.

Team News:


There is just the sole fitness concern for the Panathinaikos gaffer Ivan Jovanović to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust group. Alexander Jeremejeff (Bruise) is sidelined.


Due to a completely healthy squad available for selection, the Marseille manager Marcelino García Toral doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash.

Head-to-Head and Key Numbers

  • The two teams will meet for the first time on Wednesday.
  • The hosts have met French teams 11 times in all competitions thus far, with just three wins in that period. In their 10 meetings against Greek opponents, the visitors have seven wins to their name.
  • The visitors have suffered defeats in four of their last five away games in all competitions.
  • The hosts are winless in their last three home games in all competitions, though two games in that period have ended in draws.

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