20:05 GMT 07 December 2017
The UEFA Europa League group stages conclude on Thursday night as we find out for sure which sides will compete in the last 32 round of this year’s tournament. In Group I there is still the final qualifying place up for grabs as Red Bull Salzburg have already confirmed top spot in the group. They face Marseille, who are the best-placed side for second position but Konyaspor can overtake the French side with a final match win over Vitória.
After their earlier meeting in this season’s Europa League group stage, this will be just the second time the two teams have played each other. The reverse fixture ended 1-0 to Salzburg on their own turf as a 73rd-minute winner from Moanes Dabbur was enough to see off Marseille. Both of Marseille’s wins in the group have come at home while Salzburg have won one and drawn one away from home so it should be a good game at the Stade Velodrome.
Head to head matches: Olympique Marseille - RB Salzburg
|28.09.2017||UEFA||RB Salzburg||Olympique Marseille||1:0|
If Marseille were to pick up their third win of the group stage, they would confirm their place in the last 32 as runners-up but a draw or loss would see their fate decided by Konyaspor. They don’t have any injury worries and will take plenty of positives from that.
Latest matches: Olympique Marseille
|03.12.2017||Ligu||Montpellier HSC||Olympique Marseille||1:1||D|
|29.11.2017||Ligu||FC Metz||Olympique Marseille||0:3||W|
|26.11.2017||Ligu||Olympique Marseille||EA Guingamp||1:0||W|
|19.11.2017||Ligu||FC Girondins Bordeaux||Olympique Marseille||1:1||D|
Regardless of the result, Salzburg will qualify as group winners for the knockout phase but they will want to preserve their unbeaten group stage record. Their only absence is 18-year-old, Hannes Wolf. Latest matches: RB Salzburg
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This is one of the bigger ties from the final match week of the Europa League group stage and with two big European sides, it could go either way. Marseille still have a qualifying place to play for as well as home advantage for this clash so they are slight favourites to take all three points. This won’t matter to Salzburg and with the form they have shown already in the Europa League, they will be confident of coming away from France with another win in Europe.
07 December 2017 - 20:05 GMT
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