Marseille vs Salzburg: Preview and Predictions

Marseille vs Salzburg Predictions Europa League 26th April 2018

Marseille vs Red Bull Salzburg
UEFA Europa League Semifinal 1st Leg
Date: Thursday, 26th April 2018
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Stade Velodrome (Marseille).

Marseille battle Red Bull Salzburg for a place in Europa League final after meeting for the first time in this season’s group stage.

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The Austrians managed to pick four points when they met Marseille in the group stage. They won 1-0 at home before a goal-less stalemate at the Stade Vélodrome. Salzburg finished as group winners with Marseille on second with a 4 point difference.

Both teams were part of memorable comebacks in the quarter finals. Marseille overturned a 1-0 defeat at Leipzig with a thumping 5-2 home win. While, Salzburg knocked out Lazio with a 4-1 home win after a 4-2 loss in Rome.

Marseille are unbeaten at home in this season’s Europa League carrying over from the qualification stages. They won 7 of their 8 games at the Vélodrome and the only team to deny them a victory is their semifinal opponent.

Salzburg have a decent away record in this season’s Europa League. They were unbeaten until the defeat at Lazio with 3 wins and 3 draws from the previous 6 games. The important point is that they scored 2 goals in the three away knockout games.

Marseille vs Salzburg: Head-to-head

The teams met in the group stage of the current campaign which happened to be their first European meeting. The two matches saw a goal-less stalemate in Marseille before Salzburg winning 1-0 at home.

Marseille’s record against Austrian clubs is 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses from six matches. At home, they are unbeaten with a win and 2 draws.

Salzburg’s record against French sides is 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from six games. They won, drew and lost 1 each from 3 outings in French soil.

Marseille vs Salzburg: Predictions

This tie is anyone’s for the taking and I believe the results at their respective home grounds play a key role in the final outcome.

Marseille scored 11 goals in their 3 home fixtures in the knockout phase, while Salzburg netted 6 times in as many away games. So, this is a match between two attacking oriented sides and both teams to score is our top pick.

I believe Marseille are a tough nut to crack at their own backyard and therefore backing the French side to win with over 2.5 full-time goals present a decent alternate.

Marseille vs Salzburg: Bet Tips

Both teams to Score @ 1.69 odd with 10bet is a banker

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Marseille vs Salzburg: Team News and Predicted Starting Line-ups

Marseille: Team News

The experienced goal-keeper Steve Mandanda and young defender Boubacar Kamara are the players in sideline for the Olympians.

The hardworking Hiroki Sakai suffered a knock in the first leg tie against RB Leipzig and he remains a doubt.

Marseille Predicted Starting Line-ups (4-2-3-1)

Pele – Amavi, Rolando, Rami, Sarr – Gustavo, Lopez – Ocampos, Payet, Thauvin, Germain.

Salzburg: Team News

Diadie Samassekou is available for selection after serving suspension.

Therefore, Salzburg manager Marco Rose have a full-fit squad at his disposal.

Salzburg Predicted Starting Line-ups (4-3-2-1)

Walke – Ulmer, Caleta, Ramalho, Lainer – Haidara, Berisha, Samassekou – Schlager – Dabbur, Hee-chan.

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