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Marseille vs Salzburg - Match Preview

07 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Group I
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Europa League, Group I

Olympique Marseille

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
20:05 GMT
07 December 2017

RB Salzburg

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Marseille have shown a vast improvement this season to how they were playing last season and they are currently fourth in the Ligue 1 table. They have the same amount of points as second-placed Lyon and are in a good position to qualify for next year’s Champions League. They have won two of their five Europa League matches but haven’t won either of their last two against weaker opposition, getting a player sent off in both games.
  • Red Bull Salzburg are having a good campaign so far and currently sit top of the Austrian Bundesliga (level on points with Sturm Graz) as well as topping Group I.
  • They are unbeaten in Europe with three wins and two draws from their opening five matches, they comfortably brushed aside Vitória in their last game as they beat the Portuguese side 3-0.
  • Marseille have struggled for goals in this year’s competition and don’t have any players with more than one goal in the Europa League. Florian Thauvin has scored eight league goals for them.
  • Moanes Dabbur has been Salzburg’s main threat in front of goal in the Europa League this term and with three goals, he is their leading scorer.

HEAD TO HEAD

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

MARSEILLE NEWS

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
23.11.2017 UEFA Konyaspor Olympique Marseille 1:1 D
19.11.2017 Ligu FC Girondins Bordeaux Olympique Marseille 1:1 D

SALZBURG NEWS

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

03.12.2017 Bund FK Austria Vienna RB Salzburg 1:1 D
29.11.2017 Bund RB Salzburg SV Mattersburg 2:0 W
26.11.2017 Bund SK Rapid Vienna RB Salzburg 2:3 W
23.11.2017 UEFA RB Salzburg Vitoria Guimaraes 3:0 W
19.11.2017 Bund RB Salzburg SK Sturm Graz 5:0 W

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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