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Seven reasons Liverpool will not win in Marseille tonight

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Marseille coach Eric Gerets has been getting himself all worked up with worry about the prospect of English clubs dominating the Champions League yet again. The chaps at chickendinner believe he should untwist his knickers, however, as tonight his side should take points off English opposition this season.

Here’s why:

1. Liverpool have failed to win their opening European away game – excluding qualifiers – in six of the last seven seasons.

2. They have already struggled away in Europe this season, drawing 0-0 with Standard Liege.

3. The Reds have scored just one goal in their three away games so far this season.

4. Rafael Benitez’s side have won just three of their last ten on the road.

5. Last season Liverpool took one point from their first three group games combined.

6. Don’t be fooled by their good league start – Liverpool went unbeaten in their first 14 league games last season and had ten points at this stage but still started poorly in Europe.

7. Marseille are unbeaten in their seven Ligue 1 and European games so far this season.

More betting tips

» Liverpool haven’t led any of their six games this season until after the 75th minute and yet are joint top of the league and got through the Champions League qualifiers.

» All six of Liverpool’s games so far this season have been level at half-time – five of them being goalless.

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8 responses so far
  • Sam // September 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    What a load of rubbish this comment is:

    1) If you exclude qualifiers, we have still only lost 2 games and the last opening away game we lost was the season we won it.
    2) If you exclude qualifiers in the 1st point, why include them in the second point?
    3) We drew 0-0 against a good side, hardly struggling?
    4) We may have won just 3 of our last 10 on the road but we have only lost twice, to Chelsea in the Champions League and Man Utd in the league which was last season.
    5) Last season Liverpool took 1 point from first 3 group games and 9 from the next 3, won in Milan against Inter and drew with Arsenal before losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
    6) We are unbeaten having played Villa away and United at home.
    7) We beat Marseille 4-0 away from home last year.
    8) We are unbeaten in 6 Premier League and European games this year.

  • Upminster Iron // September 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Sam I think you’re missing the point.

    All your arguments are saying why Liverpool won’t lose – the article isn’t saying you will lose, it’s saying you will draw!

    The only one of your eight points that suggests you will win is point 7, which can easily be countered with the fact you lost your first meeting with Marseille last season!

  • aristeia // September 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm


  • joe biden // September 17, 2008 at 1:59 am

    i hope you realize liverpool won tonight. you shouldn’t talk if you aren’t sure about stuff Ryan

  • Sam // September 17, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I think Liverpool made my point for me last night.

  • Upminster Iron // September 17, 2008 at 8:35 am

    …just about. You were very, very lucky but then again, Liverpool always are!

  • Sam // September 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

    How were we lucky????? We played well first half and lead 2-1 and then were not great 2nd half but its not luck that Marseille didnt hit the target and that when they did Reina was in the way! And if Reina is not in the way then why play him? That’s what he is there for! I can see from your name that you are a West Ham fan. Just one question, I guess you think you are pretty unlucky with injuries, there have been a long list of them and there are some good players at West Ham. But why buy them in the first place when you know they are injury prone? Bellamy, Dyer, Parker are all traditionally injury prone people and you wonder why they are sidelined…..anyway, good luck for the new season.

  • Upminster Iron // September 17, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I just thought Marseille deserved a draw – obviously that’s just my opinion. I agree we should never have spent £6 million on Dyer. As for the other two – Parker has played most of our games in 2008 and has impressed.

    As for Bellamy, I think we paid you over the odds for him – considering we spent £7.5 million on someone you didn’t want anymore while you got Benayoun, who we didn’t plan on selling, for less. But of the eight games he has started, he has scored five goals. I’m confident he will have a relatively injury-free season this year (last year was easily the worst he’s had, he featured in an impressive 27 of 38 league games for you the year before and that was just as much to do with being rotated with Kuyt and Crouch as it was injury). If he does stay fit he will be huge for us – most of our best performances last season were when he was playing.

    Anyway good luck this year because I don’t want it to be all about Man United and Chelsea again – I hope you and Arsenal challenge. I also hope we end our 1000000 year winless run at Anfield this year but I’m not too confident!

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