Marseille vs AC Milan
Stade Velodrome is the venue as Olympique Marseille and AC Milan go head-to-head in a handsomely-looking pre-season friendly.
Olympique Marseille finished runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 last term, but a managerial shift has turned things around in the summer. Ex-Hellas Verona head coach, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli in the dugout, has overseen an underwhelming pre-season so far. After a 4-1 thumping of lower-league side Maringane in their opening summer friendly, ‘Les Olympiens’ have gone winless in three consecutive warm-up matches (D1, L2), with both defeats coming by 2+ goals ‘to nil.’ Playing at Veldorome could aid Marseille’s bid to get back to winning ways, as they’ve racked up two wins from their last four home outings (D1, L1), netting precisely four goals in each triumph.
On the other hand, AC Milan hammered Austrian outfit Wolfsberger 5-0 last time out to bounce back from a lacklustre 3-2 defeat to Hungarian minnows Zalaegerszegi TE. Despite blowing hot and cold across their three pre-season fixtures (W2, L1), ‘I Rossoneri’ will draw confidence from going unbeaten in their last two meetings with Marseille (W1, D1). Stefano Pioli’s men pulled off a sensational success in the 2021/22 Serie A season to dethrone bitter rivals Inter Milan and lift their first Scudetto in more than a decade. More importantly, Milan won five consecutive league games down the final stretch of last season, netting 2+ goals in four.