Red Bull Salzburg vs. Olympique Marseille / Europa League – It seems that this 2nd semi-final leg of the Europa League could be less uncertain since Marseille has gained a nice advantage with victory in the first match of 2-0. However, Salzburg is unpredictable this season and has already eliminated several strong rivals, including Lazio Rome that had advantage of two goals after the 1st leg. Marseille has managed to receive no goals, which is important, but it failed to win in the French Ligue 1 unlike Salzburg which won and verified the new champion title. Salzburg won Marseille 1-0 at home in the group phase. Begins: 03.05.2018 – 21:05 CET
Red Bull Salzburg
Salzburg didn’t play good enough the 1st leg in order to achieve good result and now it must annul 2-0, which won’t be easy to do at all. They should feel sorry for several missed chances at the Velodrome as one scored goal would mean a lot, like it had against Lazio when they lost the 1st leg by 4-2 but have managed to annul that at home despite trailing behind for one goal at home point. The success gives them hop that can repeat furious second halftime from that match.
Salzburg won in the league St. Polten away, which only confirmed defence of the champion’s title. The strongest team didn’t play as manager Rose had expectedly rested some players. In the 1st leg he unexpectedly left Schlager on the bench, whom we expect to see on the pitch from the first minute now.
Probable lineups Red Bull Salzburg: Walke – Lainer, Ramalho, Caleta-Car, Ulmer – Schlager, Samassekou, Yabo, Va. Berisha – Dabbur, Chan Hwang
Marseille has a nice advantage from the 1st leg and rightly hopes that can reach the final. They maximally use the home field advantage where they play much better this season. In fact, it effortlessly won its rival in previous rounds of the Europa League and only Salzburg pulled off a draw in the group phase. Marseille revenged last Thursday mostly thanks to its best player Payet who was assistant two times. It is very important the Thauvin has recovered and he also scored one goal.
Manager Garcia had surprised a bit in the first leg with the team; Luiz Gustavo played stopper and Rolando was left on the bench, while Mitroglou got advantage at the top of attack instead of Germain. It all went well, unlike away match played last Sunday in the Ligue 1 with Angers, where Marseille had to win in order to qualify for the Champions League next season. However, the match ended as draw 1-1 despite fact that Marseille had a lead of 1-0 in the third minute. Payet came off the bench no earlier than in the second halftime and perhaps it was the reason why they didn’t play up to task, while right now the strongest available team goes on the pitch.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Pele – Sarr, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi – Lopez, Sanson – Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos – Germain
Red Bull Salzburg – Olympique Marseille PICK
Unlike the 1st leg we expect that Salzburg scores at least one goal this time, but it can hardly expect to not receive one given that Marseille is very efficient and fact that one goal would probably send them to the final.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.65 at 10bet (down to 1.57 can be played)