Preview - Marseille vs Rasenballsport Leipzig 13 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg
Marseille vs. RasenBallsport Leipzig
Friday, April 13th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade VĂ©lodrome

Marseille: 
Last five matches form: W W L W L
EL Average goals per match: 1.09
EL Average goals against per match: 0.67
EL Top Scorer: Lucas Ocampos (4)

RasenBallsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
EL Average goals per match: 1.40
EL Average goals against per match: 1.00
EL Top Scorer: Timo Werner (4)

First Leg Score: RasenBallsport Leipzig 1 - 0 Marseille

Leipzig did well to come away with a lead from the first game, with Marseille having been the better side for large periods. Just as crucial as the narrow victory was the fact that they didn't concede. Should they nick a goal here, Marseille will need to score three times in order to progress.

Marseille continue to have something of a headache in the centre of their defence, with Adil Rami and Rolando both injury doubts ahead of this tie. Possibly of greater significance, considering the fact that they need goals, is that key attacking influence and best player, Florian Thauvin is again struggling to make it on time.

Leipzig's main absentee looks set to come in defence with left back Marcel Halstenberg nt expected to be fit.

With the electrifying pace of Timo Werner in the side, Leipzig are ideally set up to play on the counter attack, and we do expect them to score here which will make life tough as far as qualifying goes for Marseille. Having shipped three at home to Leverkusen at the weekend though, Leipzig are far from impenetrable at the back. The question is can Marseille find a way through without Thauvin? Having been the better side in the away leg, we suspect that they will, but perhaps not quite often enough in order to progress.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 1 RasenBallsport Leipzig

Harry85

Half time: 3 - 1
Full time: 5 - 2
Aggregate Score: 5 - 3
Shots: 16 - 8
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 43% - 57%

Marseille' task of overhauling a one goal first leg deficit was made twice as hard almost immediately. Leipzig breaking down the right-hand side and when the ball made its way across the box, Naby Keita found Jean-Kevin Augustin who found Bruma to fire first time into the bottom corner, Marseille now needed three.

It didn't take Marseille long to get on level term on the night though. A 6th minute Dmitri Payet corner from the right causing havoc inside the Leipzig six-yard box and ultimately being deflected over the line by Stefan Ilsanker for an own goal.

Then just three minutes later Marseille were incredibly in front on the night. Morgan Sanson bearing down on goal and unleashing a strike that was well parried by Peter Gulacsi. The ball again fell to Sanson who shot again. Another save from Gulacsi, out to Bouna Sarr racing in though and this time the ball was smashed home.

Marseille still needed a goal at this stage and in the 17th minute it looked like they had it. Dmitri Payet unleashing a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner, only for play to be called back for a push.

The home side did get their third before the break though. Payet playing in a free kick from deep and Florian Thauvin getting on the end of it around six yards from goal to side-foot home. 3-1 at half-time, Marseille going through as it stood.

Ten minutes into the second half though and it was Leipzig who were back in the box seat. Keita breaking forward and teeing up Augustin in the box to finish well past Yohann Pele.

Having had one beauty of a goal chalked off, Payet set out to score another. This time cutting nicely across his man and firing into the top corner from just inside the box. 4-2.

Marseille's fifth came deep into stoppage time. Seeking a third goal that would have sent them through, Leipzig's keeper, Gulacsi joined in the attack for a corner. When Marseille cleared and broke free Hiroki Sikai hit the empty net from around 35 yards. Game over. Marseille through.

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