Olympique Marseille vs. RB Leipzig / Europa League – After the first matches, it is clear that this duel has the biggest uncertainty, because the other hosts have scored two or more goals, while Leipzig celebrated with 1-0. The advantage is minimal, but Marseille has not scored any goals and that is their problem, so Leipzig is certainly a lot more satisfied before the rematch. Both teams have were exhausted by this first duel, so they played badly in their championship matches last weekend. Both were the hosts, but Marseille only played a draw with Montpellier, while Leipzig was defeated by Bayer. Begins: 12.04.2018. – 21:05 CET
Marseille has entered in a small crisis and it could cost them elimination from Europa League, while they also lost a chance to qualify in the Champions League next season, because their results are much weaker in the championship lately. They are without a win in the first three matches in front of their supporters, and particularly painful was a defeat by their direct rival in the fight for third place, the team of Lyon.
They have succeeded a little bit in improving their impressions when playing as guests, where they made two triumphs over the weaker rivals, Toulouse and Dijon. Last weekend, they only played a draw in a neighbourhood derby against Montpellier without any goals, which means that they did not score in two duels, since they lost in Leipzig with 1-0. Thauvin, who is now questionable, as well as striker Rolando, is felt in the game, while Rami wil lcertianly be absent, so Luiz Gustavo will be back in the last line.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Pele – H.Sakai, Luiz Gustavo, Kamara – Sarr, Anguissa, Sanson, Amavi – Ocampos, Payet – Germain
Leipzig has achieved advantage in the first round and it can be said they have pulled their maximum, because they did not play so well that they might have deserved some more convincing triumph. They did not receive any goals and that could be crucial, but far from being able to be calm, especially after Monday, when they experienced a painful championship defeat. They have welcomed Bayer Leverkusen, their direct rival in the fight for European positions, and they have expected a lot from that match, after a series of seven games without defeat in all competitions.
They opened the match well and took over the lead through Sabitzer, and then everything fell apart and they received four goals for a tough defeat, which cost them to fall to sixth place. They played that duel on Monday and had a day off for rest, which obviously did not help, but now they have a day less and that can be a problem. Coach Hasenhuttl has made several changes to refresh the team, and now Y.Poulsen probably jumps in the attack, while center-back Orban is available compared to the first match. The problem is the injury of midfielder Keita, while Ilsanker will not also certainly play.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Laimer, Orban, Upamecano, Klostermann – Demme, Kampl, Bruma, Forsberg – Y.Poulsen, Ti.Werner
Olympique Marseille vs. RB Leipzig PICK
Leipzig has the advantage from the first match, but Marseille will probably dominate on Velodrome and try to compensate for the backlog, which is definitely not unattainable. Leipzig is shaken after the first defeat and we do not believe they are able to defeat Marseille again, though they could pass further.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Marseille
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.65 can be played)