Oostende vs Olympique Marseille
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Versluys Arena.
Oostende produced a brave display seven days ago at Velodrome where they managed to score two goals against mighty Olympique Marseille.
Yves Vanderhaeghe’s side, however, could not match the attacking display and keep things tight at the back as they have allowed as many as four goals which basically splashed away the dream of making a massive upset and reaching the playoffs round of Europa League.
Vanderhaeghe decided to take a gamble and rest his star men in the season opener in First Division A which caused the 0-1 defeat to Royal Excel Mouscron at the weekend.
Oostende have generally been struggling during the pre-season schedule as the defeat to Mouscron made it six consecutive games without a win for the Belgians.
The story is completely different with Les Phoceens who will enter the new season with sky-high ambitions and a star-studded lineup featuring the names of Valere Germain, Dmitri Payet, Florian Thauvin, Luiz Gustavo etc.
Rudi Garcia’s men have enjoyed a hot run of form during the preparation period which saw Marseille grabbing five wins and a draw against pretty solid opponents.
Oostende vs Olympique Marseille: Head to head
The first ever head to head encounter between the two sides offered a true goal fest.
This summer’s Monaco acquisition Valere Germain announced a super string campaign by completing a hat-trick in his first official match in Marseille’s shirt at Velodrome.
Oostende vs Olympique Marseille: Prediction
Even though the French side has a two-goal advantage from the first leg, we can’t see the Belgians avoiding a defeat in the rematch either since the gap in quality must be notable.
The bookmakers are more than generous pricing the French side at 3/4 to claim the victory and we’ll take it with both hands in a high-stake single.
Oostende vs Olympique Marseille: Bet Tips
The main betting call will be Olympique Marseille to win the match at the odds of 1.85 with Betway.
You can also back Valere Germain to score anytime at 2.00 odds.