Olympique de Marseille preview

Olympique de Marseille

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Stade Vélodrome

12/04/2018 | 8:05 pm

rb leipzig preview

RB Leipzig

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Stade Vélodrome

12/04/2018 | 8:05 pm

In a sentence: RB Leipzig travel to France to face Marseille on Thursday, looking to protect a slim advantage from the first leg of this Europa League quarter-final. 

Last time: Timo Werner scored in first half injury time when the teams met in Leipzig last week, giving the German outfit a narrow lead to protect in this Europa League preview. 

This time: Marseille are available at 6/4 in this week’s Europa League predictions, with Leipzig priced at 21/10 and the draw at 53/20. 

You might remember: Last week’s encounter was the first time the teams have met. While Leipzig are breaking new ground on the continent, Marseille have a strong European pedigree and won the Champions League in 1993 – that experience could play a part in your football prediction for this second leg.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Marseille and RB Leipzig face off at the Stade Velodrome on Thursday, with a place in the Europa League semi-finals up for grabs

This tie is finely balanced as Marseille and Leipzig compete for a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Both teams have a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through their domestic league, but claiming European silverware would be a much better way for either side to earn their place at the top table. 

Marseille are 6/4 to get a win as they look to overturn the deficit from last week. With the final being held at fellow Ligue 1 side Lyon’s stadium, lifting the trophy on French soil would be a sweet way for Les Phoceens to end their season. Even more so as the two teams are only separated by goal difference on the domestic front. 

RB Leipzig are 21/10 for a victory which would keep them on their stunning upward trajectory. It’s been a meteoric rise to European fame for a team that entered the Bundesliga for the first time in 2016, after plying their trade as SSV Markranstadt in the fifth division as recently as 2010. Die Roten Bullen beat Bayern Munich a couple of weeks ago, and will be full of confidence they can finish the job on Thursday. 

The draw is 53/20 and of course would be enough for Leipzig to go through. With Marseille needing a goal and sure to throw everything they have at their visitors, the goalless draw at 14/1 isn’t one of the best football betting tips for this game. Instead, a 1-1 or 2-2 scoreline at 13/2 and 12/1 respectively look a lot more likely if the game ends in a stalemate. 

At 3/11, Leipzig are the clear favourites to progress to the next round. With their European pedigree and after a convincing performance against Athletic Bilbao over two legs in the last round, there’s plenty of value in Marseille for your football predictions. Les Olympiens are 10/3 to book their place in the semi-finals. 

If you like to bet on the first goalscorer when you’re adding Europa League predictions to your betslip, Kostas Mitroglou and Werner are the joint favourites to break the deadlock at 11/2. If he’s fit to play, Thauvin is well worth a shot at 6/1, while Lucas Ocampos – who scored three goals over two legs against Bilbao – is 9/1 to open the scoring and 4/1 to bag in a Marseille win. 

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Late drama. With this tie so finely poised, there’s every chance it could be decided in the latter stages of the game. It’s 11/10 for the second half to be the highest scoring, while it’s evens for the last goal of the match to be scored between the 76th minute and full-time. 

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We fancy:

Marseille to win and both teams to score at 4/1. The clean sheet that Les Phoceens kept against Montpellier on Sunday was their first shutout in 10 games. Leipzig carry a real threat but Marseille have home advantage and that could be crucial for getting past the German outfit. 

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It’s a long shot, but:

Marseille are 18/1 to win 3-1 as part of your football score predictions for this game. The odds increase to 100/1 if you add in former West Ham forward Dimitri Payet as the first scorer, while it’s 55/1 with Thauvin or 90/1 with Ocampos. 

Written by Oli Coates

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