Overthrown by Lille (2-1) on Saturday evening, OM should settle for 3rd place in Ligue 1, qualifying for the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League. The 3rd from Portugal and the 2nd from Belgium, the Netherlands or Ukraine are expected.
After the elimination of AS Monaco in the play-offs (against Shakhtar) then from the 3rd qualifying round (against PSV) over the past two years, will the next 3rd in Ligue 1 manage to climb to the group stage? of the Champions League next August. Preceded by PSG and Lens – and struck down by a defeat in Lille on Saturday (2-1) -, theABOUT left to enter the 3rd preliminary round of the UCL.
The 3rd qualifying round offers 4 double confrontations and Marseille should be one of the 4 seeds. Barring disaster… The Phocaeans are 53rd in the UEFA club rankings, lower than Braga (still threatened by Sporting for 3rd place in Portugal), Rangers (already 2nd in the Scottish Premiership), and PSV (close to finish 2nd in the Eredivisie).
The title race in Ukraine is to follow
OM will be “protected” in the third round draw if Shakhtar finish as Ukrainian champions. Except that the Donetsk formation only has two points more than the Dnipro, 3 days from the end, and if it finishes 2nd, it could then be part of the 4 seeds of the 3rd round of the LDC thanks to its European coefficient (25th) and at the expense of the Marseillais.
By being seeded in the 3rd round, Pablo Longoria’s club would inherit a much more affordable opponent. The 2nd in Austria is expected to be Sturm Graz, while the 2nd in Serbia is between lowly clubs TSC and Cukaricki. The danger will ultimately come from the second qualifying round, with the 2nd from Belgium and Ukraine, Union Saint-Gilloise on one side, and therefore Dnipro or Shakhtar on the other.
Potential 2nd round teams:
Union Saint-Gilloise (83e UEFA)
Dnipro (166e UEFA)
Potential teams 3rd round:
Rangers (31e UEFA)
Braga (40e UEFA)
PSV (41e UEFA)
OM (53rd UEFA)
Sturm Graz (115e)
Fudbalski Club TSC (unranked) or Cukaricki (201st)
The qualifier of the Union Saint-Gilloise match
The qualifier of the Dnipro match