Red Bull Salzburg vs. Olympique Marseille / Europa League – This is duel of two main favourites to reach the knockout phase from the Group I, which they matches from the first round of Europa League have confirmed in a way as French Marseille defeated at home Turkish Konyaspor, while Austrian Salzburg managed to pull off a draw away with Portuguese Guimaraes. Let’s add that this will be their first head-to-head in history. Begins: 28.09.2017 – 19:00 CET
Red Bull Salzburg
The best Austrian team in this century had started its European journey in the Champions League around mid-July and it successfully passed just one obstacle, Maltesian Hibernian but was stopped in the third qualifying round by Croatian team Rijeka. Because of that Salzburg had to go through the play-off in order to reach the group phase of Europa League. It was very successful against Romanian champion Viitorul as Salzburg won both matches by aggregated 7-1.
In the meantime Salzburg played well in the league but then it faced leading Sturm away that defeated them for the first time in new season, which is why they currently occupy the second place in the table. Regarding the first round of Europa League they smartly played away match with Guimaraes and pulled 1-1 and we expect similar tactic from coach Rose against Marseille, especially as due to injuries are still out of action defenders Farkas and Strangl, midfielders Leitgeb and Yabo, and forwards Hwang and Minamino.
Probable lineups Red Bull Salzburg: Walke – Lainer, Miranda, Caleta-Car, Ulmer – Haidara, Samassekou, Berisha – Wolf – Dabbur, Gulbrandsen
Regarding former European champion Marseille, this match in Austria comes for them after three consecutive wins. The winning streak started right with the first round of Europa League when Marseille defeated Konyaspor 1-0 at home, although after a fair deal of trouble. After that Marseille defeated in the French Ligue 1 by 2-0 Armens away and Toulouse at home, which propelled them at the fifth place in the table where they have just two points fewer than third-positioned Bordeaux.
Of course, that will boost their morale ahead of match with Salzburg in the Europa League, for which they qualified after defeating Belgian Oostende and Slovenian Domzale in the qualifications. Regarding the team that will face Salzburg in the second round, it will probably undergo minor changes compared to the last league match. We need to add that out of action are from before injured stopper Abdennour and forward Mitroglou.
Probable lineups Olympique Marseille: Mandanda – Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi – Lopez, Luiz Gustavo, Sanson – Thauvin, Germain, Payet
Red Bull Salzburg – Olympique Marseille PICK
Having in mind that Marseille didn’t receive a goal in last three matches we believe that they will set up very strong defence now against Salzburg, while on the other hand the home team currently has plenty of problems with absences. When we put all this together it is somehow the most realistic to play on smaller number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.07 at unibet (down to 1.95 can be played)