The other Europa League semifinal fixture will feature French club Marseille hosting Austrian club Salzburg at Stade Orange Velodrome. With both the underdogs looking for a maiden European triumph, Thursday’s first-leg contest promises to be an exciting one. The all important face-off is scheduled for kickoff at 8:05 GMT.
Marseille were drawn to the European-debutants RB Leipzig in the quarterfinal tie. After going down 1-0 in the away leg at Germany, Marseille came back strong in the home-leg as they marched into the last 4 stage following a 5-3 aggregate advantage. Marseille registered an emphatic 5-2 hammering in the second leg of the contest to end Leipzig’s European journey. Following a resounding comeback victory, the two-time Europa League runner-ups will be confident to face the Austrian visitors.
Meanwhile, Rudi Garcia’s men are having a terrific domestic league outing as they have managed two wins in a row. Marseille toppled Lille by a thumping 5-1 score-line in their last Saturday’s home Ligue 1 outing. Prior to the sublime run, the home side look favorites to bag a resounding lead in the home-leg against Salzburg.
On the other side, Salzburg had a memorable quarterfinal showdown as they managed a sensational comeback to conquer over Italian side in a two-legged crunching contest. After going down 4-2 in the away leg, Salzburg’s European journey seemed to end in bizarre fashion. However, the Austrian champions registered a historical comeback as they thrashed Lazio with a 4-1 score-line in the reverse leg. Following the incredible turnaround, the European underdogs secured their place in the last 4 stage with a 6-5 aggregate score-line.
In addition to the incredible European success, Marco Rose’s men have been in a resounding form as they remain unbeaten in last 4 games across all competitions. The visitors managed a 3-1 win in weekend’s domestic league competition. With the never dying attitude in their veins, the visitors look more than worthy of toppling the French hosts this Thursday night.
French hosts will come into the match without the service of defender Boubacar Kamara, who misses the action due to the sprained ankle.
Similarly, defender Hiroki Sakai is sidelined for the first-leg encounter following a knee injury.
Meanwhile, the visitors will travel to France in the absence of midfielder Christoph Leitgeb, who seems to be recovering from the late-sustained groin injury.
Furthermore, midfielder Oatsin Daka will miss the important away clash due to the muscle injury.
Marseille vs Salzburg Prediction
The two semifinalists have faced two times against each other in the European competition. In the last season’s group stage battle, Salzburg managed a 1-0 victory over the French rivals in the home leg. Meanwhile, Marseille shared a point with the Austrian rivals in the reverse leg with a 0-0 draw.
However, with much have changed this time, both the teams look equal favorites to bag a crucial first-leg lead. Marseille will be hoping to take full advantage of home conditions and home support. Meanwhile, the visitors will be eyeing another win following their sensational comeback win in the quarterfinal stage.
Both of these sides are expected to put up a valiant show. However, with the incredible home record, we predict a 1-0 fighting lead for the French side.
Marseille vs Salzburg Betting Tips
For the football fans who are thinking about betting on Marseille vs Salzburg, the chances of earning is high if you place the bet on Marseille. In bet365, the odd for Marseille winning the game is 13/20, and for Salzburg it is 17/4. Meanwhile, if you wish to bet on draw, the odd is 11/4.
Meanwhile, if you are willing to place a bet on a single player to score, you can go for Marseille’s Florian Thauvin. The sensational striker has scored 4 goals in last 3 games including a goal in last Europa League fixture.