Preview: RB Salzburg vs Marseille

FC Red Bull Salzburg v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - MARCH 15: The logo of the UEFA Europa League is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

RB Salzburg will be hoping that they can produce another shock comeback in the Europa League as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Marseille in Austria

The Austrian Bundesliga leaders made history by scoring three goals in the space of 247 seconds against Lazio in the last knockout round of the Europa League to overturn a 4-2 deficit from the first leg into a 6-5 aggregate win.

The Red Bulls are clearly not afraid of doing the unexpected and they have also defeated Marseille at their home ground earlier this season by winning 1-0 in the group phase.

Head coach Marco Rose has no reported injury concerns for the decisive encounter, although the German may decide to opt for Xaver Schlager after omitting him from the starting line-up in the first leg.

Meanwhile, Rudi Garcia will be without regular first-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for Marseille’s trip to the Red Bull Arena.

The French coach may also have to contend without the services of Hiroki Sakai, who remains doubtful for the Ligue 1 side.

Dimitri Payet, Morgan Sanson and Kostas Mitroglou are all expected to be restored to the starting eleven by Garcia, who chose to rest the stars in their 1-1 draw against Angers on Sunday.

The Olympians have struggled for consistency on away games this season and have only won one out of their last six matches on the road in the Europa League and failed to find the back of the net in four of those games.

But despite that, Marseille do have a solid defensive record and they have never conceded more than once in a match in the competition this season.

MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: The captain armband with the 'Respect' logo during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on December 5, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pauleta remembers the most important match in Ligue 1

The Paris Saint-Germain legend has recalled the match against Marseille as the most important game in the French Ligue 1.

Probable line-ups

RB Salzburg

4-3-1-2

Walke, Lainer, Ramalho, Caleta-Car, Ulmer, Haidara, Samassekou, Schlager, Hee-Chan, Dabbur

Marseille

4-2-3-1

Pelé, Sarr, Rami, Gustavo, Amavi, Lopez, Sanson, Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos, Mitroglou

 

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