Faced with a rival already ranked, the Oympique de Marseille plays this Thursday, December 7, for the second vacancy that the group I of the Champions League offers for the next stage of the 2017/2018 edition of the competition. At the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, the Salzburg, Austria. The beginning is scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time).
The Austrians reached 11 points and secured the first position of the group. The French come next with seven. Konyaspor has five points and is third. The lantern is from Vitória de Guimarães, which has four points.
The recent performance of Olympique Marseille
To ensure his qualification for the Europa League knockout stage, Olympique only needs a draw. It would reach eight points. Same score that could be reached by Konyaspor, who at the same time faces the Vitória de Guimarães in Portugal. As they take advantage in the direct confrontation, first criterion of tiebreaker, the French did better in the situation of equality.
What adds to the tranquility of the fans is the team’s recent campaign, which has not lost six games. They were three wins and three draws in the period. On Sunday, December 3, the equality was the result of his match against Montpellier. He was in the 1 to 1 at the opponent’s home in the game for the sixteenth round of the French Championship.
In Ligue 1, billionaire Paris Saint-Germain has no potential rivals. Thus, Olympique continues in the fight for the runner-up, the maximum to be achieved. With 32 points (nine wins, five draws and two losses), he is second with Lyon and Monaco, although he is beaten by rivals when tie-break criteria are used.
For this Thursday’s match, coach Rudi Garcia has all his main players at his disposal. The only probable medical casualties should be caused by athletes who do not regularly appear among the starters. Defender Boubacar Kamara (a match in the 2017/2018 French Championship without a goal) and midfielder Gregory Sertic (four games, no goal) are in the infirmary.
The current form of Salzburg
Driven by the investment of the Red Bull brewery factory, Salzburg, for being Austrian champion, missed out on a chance to play in the Champions League. But he has been able to dream of flying higher in the Europa League.
He managed to do this without jeopardizing his hegemony in the local tournament. When he drew 1-1 with Austria Vienna in the opponents’ home on Sunday 3 December, he kept the lead of the Austrian Championship. He adds 41 points (12 wins, five draws and one loss). It is the same score as Sturm Graz, who finishes in second place when the tiebreaker criteria are taken into account.
Sturm Graz was also responsible for Salzburg’s latest defeat. He beat the rival 1-0 on Aug. 27. Since then, the Red Bull team has made 19 matches. He won 12 and tied for seven.
The fierce fight for the top spot in the local championship may cause coach Marco Rose to promote his squad’s relay on Thursday while preserving their athletes considered most valuable to Sunday’s December 10 duel against Andra .
History of the matches Olympique de Marseille and Salzburg
The start of the first round of the current edition of the Europa League was the first involving the teams. The Austrians won 1-0.
Acting at home and needing the result, Olympique Marseille should be singled out as the best betting choice. It has a price of 1.55 in Betboo. Tie pays 3.90 and successful visitor yields 5.75 per invested real.