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Preview: Marseille – Salzburg

Marseille need only one point to guarantee their qualification for the last-32 of the Europa League (EL), and they have their destiny in their own hands. In the final matchday, they welcome a Salzburg side to the Stade Velodrome who have already secured first place in Group I. The fact that the Austrian champions have nothing to play for may ease Marseille’s task.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

The French side could even lose and book their place in the last-32, if Guimaraes and Konyaspor draw in the group’s other encounter.

Both sides come into this game highly prominent in their respective leagues. Marseille sit fourth in the Ligue 1 standings, level on points with second-place Lyon and are on a great run of 11 games without a loss (W7, D4). In the Austrian Bundesliga, Salzburg boast an even better record of sitting top of the league and being unbeaten in their last 12 league games (W8, L4).

Salzburg’s 1-0 victory on matchday two at the Red Bull Arena was the first meeting between these two clubs. Marco Rose’s side have the much better record against French clubs, winning three and losing two of their last five meetings in European competition. Their last trip to France was a 2-0 victory against Nice last season in EL group stage.

On a nice run of four home victories in the EL, Rudi Garcia’s side come into this match following a lucky last-minute 1-1 draw on the road against Konyaspor thanks to a Wilfred Moke own goal in added time (90+3’).

On the last matchday, Salzburg made a strong impression by winning by a comfortable margin at home against Guimaraes (3-0) – which was their third win in their last four matches at home in the EL. They are still unbeaten in this EL campaign (W5, D2), including two qualifying matches.

Scoring goals against the Austrian side is no easy task, as they have kept a clean sheet in their four EL matches. With only one goal conceded in this EL group stage, the Red Bulls have the best defence in the competition. As a defensive side, they boast the highest average of tackles per games of any team in the competition (25). However, Marseille have won their four home matches in this EL campaign and are unbeaten at home in their two encounters against Austrian clubs (W1, D1).

 

Missing players

Marseille: J. Amavi (suspension), B. Kamara (ankle injury), G. Sertic (injury), F. Thauvin (doubtful)

Salzburg: H. Wolf (doubtful).