Marseille vs Oostende
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Velodrome.
Star-studded Olympique Marseille squad has huge ambitions in the season ahead of us, both in Ligue 1 and Europa League.
The first obstacle for Rudi Garcia in the continental competition comes in the likes of Belgian Oostende and anything but an easy walkthrough for the French side would represent a major upset.
The hosts spent as much as €73m on the new squad packed with the stars of European football.
Among others, Marseille signed the likes of Florian Thauvin (€11m move from Newcastle), Valere Germain (€8m move from Monaco) Luis Gustavo (€10m move from Wolfsburg), and Adil Rami (€6m move from Sevilla) .
Les Phoceens enjoyed a hot run of form in pre-season friendlies as they clinched wins over Viitorul, Fenerbahce and Sporting CP before playing a 1-1 draw with Rangers.
De Kustboys will have the chance to enjoy their Europa League debut nowhere else but at Stade Velodrome.
The team led by Yves Vanderhaeghe defeated Genk 3-1 in the Belgi9an Europa League Playoffs final in late May this year.
Oostende have been far from impressive during their pre-season schedule as they remained winless in each of last four games.
Olympique Marseille vs Oostende: Head to head
The visitors will have the chance to enjoy the occasion of playing the French giants for the first time in their history.
Olympique Marseille vs Oostende: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two teams is huge and we expect the hosts to close the tie with a commanding win by three or more goals in the first leg in front of their fans.
You can also try with Olympique Marseille to win to nil bet at decent-value 11/8 odds.
Olympique Marseille vs Oostende: Bet Tips
The main bet is Olympique Marseille -1.5 handicap at the odds of 19/20.
The alternative pick is Olympique Marseille to win to nil at 11/8.