Preview - RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Marseille 06 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
RasenBallsport Leipzig vs. Marseille
Friday, April 6th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RasenBallsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form:  W D D W W
EL Average goals per match: 1.50
EL Average goals against per match: 1.25
EL Top Scorer: Timo Werner (3)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
EL Average goals per match: 1.20
EL Average goals against per match: 0.70
EL Top Scorer: Lucas Ocampos (4)

Its Germany vs France in the Europa League quarter finals as Marseille come calling to Leipzig's Red Bull Arena.

Leipzig arrive on something of a high at present with recent Bundesliga victories - including over the mighty Bayern Munich - seeing them propel themselves into the top four in the Bundesliga.

Marseille rebounded well from a last gasp home loss to Lyon to easily beat Dijon on the road last time and are a team well suited to playing on the counter away from home.

This has all the makings of a cracker between two attacking sides, with the likes of Florian Thauvin, Dmitri Payet and Timo Werner amongst the exciting talent on show. Expect goals.

Whilst solid at home in this competition, winning four of their five after the initial qualification stages, Marseille haven't been anything like so good on their travels, losing three, drawing one and winning just once. Their cause has hardly been helped by a serious lack of discipline on the road, their tally of three red cards in five away games matches the total number of goals they have scored in those same matches.

Marseille have already lost to Salzburg, Vitoria de Guimaraes and Braga in this competition this season, and Leipzig look a cut above those rivals to us. Take the Germans to record the home win. Leipzig do tend to concede though, so we see the visitors at least getting on the scoresheet.

Prediction: RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 - 1 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 10 - 17
Shots on target: 1 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 51% - 49%

Konrad Laimer was booked for the home side. Referee Alberto Undiano also dishing out yellows to Marseille's Boubacar Kamara and Bouna Sarr.

Marseille did miss the absent Florian Thauvin here, but were nevertheless the better side for much of the contest and can count themselves unfortunate to head into the second leg a goal behind. The French side restricted Leipzig to just the one shot on target in the game, but unfortunately for them it went in.

Marseille went very close to taking the lead in the 41st minute. Morgan Sanson producing an excellent run and cross down the left to find Bouna Sarr in the box. Sarr's volley went down and into the ground, up and over the keeper before rebounding off the crossbar.

By half time though the visitors were behind, demonstrating the fine margins of this game at times. Thomas Strakosha had already produced two further stops to deny Marseille by the time Timo Werner burst down the right hand side for Leipzig, wrongfooting the Marseille defence when cutting in onto his right foot. His shot lacked real power or accuracy but Alexander Walke opted to dive straight over the top of the ball rather than save it and in it went. 1-0 at half-time.

Marseille pressed and pressed for the remainder of the game but a combination of an inability to find that killer ball and wayward finishing at times meant they were unable to get back on level terms. Timo Werner was a constant threat for Leipzig on the counter attack with his blistering pace leaving defenders in his wake on more than occasion. 1-0 the final score though and all to play for in the second leg.

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