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Les Phoceens are desperate for a win after suffering three consecutive defeats, but Al Hain-Cole expects Rafa Benitez to increase the pressure on his opposite number with a win

Marseille will be desperately hoping to earn themselves a Champions League lifeline when they welcome Napoli to the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday night.

Having lost their opening two fixtures, les Phoceens will realistically need to collect all three points this evening in order to preserve their slim chances of progressing from a difficult group, but are 2/1 (3.00) outsiders with Paddy Power to come out on top.

Despite losing their last two matches on the road against Arsenal and Roma, Rafa Benitez’s men are 7/5 (2.40) favourites to pick up just a second Champions League away win in six matches.

The pair have drawn just three games between them in 23 this season, but you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them cancelling one another out in this one.

Elie Baup goes into this match knowing there could be more than just his side’s Champions League future at stake, as a run of three consecutive defeats has put the former Nantes boss under serious pressure in the south of France.

Baup’s men have now won just two of their last nine matches, while their recent record in this competition reads five consecutive defeats, hardly ideal preparation for effectively a must-win game.

Although i Partenopei suffered their first league defeat of the season against Serie A leaders Roma on Friday, they were unfortunate to come away from the capital empty-handed and should travel to France with their confidence intact and ready to bounce back.

Having twice led Liverpool to victory at the Stade Velodrome during his time on Merseyside, Benitez knows what it takes to silence the home crowd here, and offers excellent value at 7/5 (2.40) to mastermind another win against their out-of-form opponents.

However, considering Marseille have not failed to score at home this season, odds of 7/2 (4.50) are also worth backing on Napoli coming out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends.
 
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Napoli to win for a 2pt stake at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power
Napoli to win and both teams to score for a 1pt stake at 7/2(4.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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