Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
0-0 - Lost
Marseille are very close to win placement into Europa league knockout stage, they are at second spot at the table in their group I and have two points more than third placed Konyaspor, they must go for a victory tonight in last round where are welcoming Salzburg, good thing for hosts is that opponents already secured ending at the top of the table and are coming here without competitive motive. Marseille achieved decent results in this season, they are at 4th spot in French Ligue 1 and seems capable to retain it and secure position in Europe for the next season.
In last round in French league they failed to defeat Montpellier away from home and weren't great in that duel, in 29th minute conceded a goal while just before the break managed to equalize from white spot and set up final result, they must be satisfied with that one point since were outplayed there, before that celebrated without much troubles against rock bottom placed Metz. They are in decent form and in last 12 matches suffered only one defeat on their trip to Portugal against Guimaraes where conceded one goal without answering, anyway for this duel are favorites and i believe that can achieve positive outcome to secure progress into next stage.
Defenders Seric (4/0), Kamara (1/0) and midfielder Thauvin (16/8) are all injured and will miss this duel while defender Amavi (12/0) will stay out of action due to a suspension.
Salzburg on the other hand had almost perfect season so far, they are defending a title in Austrian Bundesliga and are dominating there in past few seasons, after 18 rounds are at top of the table but with same number of points as second Sturm Graz, so far suffered only one defeat in this season and it came in August against main rivals in title race away from home with narrow result. In Europa league were good enough to secure ending at top of the table and here are coming without any pressure, probably will rest some key players but i still expect good game.
For more than three months Salzburg are undefeated, they got a draw in last round of Austrian league against Austria Vienna but were better side for almost whole game and had one goal lead until last moments when opponents scored and victory slipped out of their hands, before that had nice series of five consecutive victories and this team can be more than satisfied with that they have done so far, in this duel will be very hard to avoid defeat against motivated Marseille, in first encounter against them in September they took all three points but weren't much better side in that match.
Only midfielder Wolf (14/4) is having problems with slight injury and is in doubt for this game.
Marseille must win this game at all costs to secure European spring and i'm quiet sure that in front of their fans can achieve victory, guests were pretty good and are side which can't be underestimated but as Marseille has imperative to win i just don't see any other possible outcome except victory of hosts.