Preview - Salzburg vs Marseille 04 May 2018

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Europa League Semi Final Second Leg
Salzburg vs. Marseille
Friday, April 13th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

Last five matches form: W W W L W
EL Average goals per match: 1.46
EL Average goals against per match: 1.00
EL Top Scorer: Munas Dabbur and Valon Berisha (5)

Last five matches form: W W W W D
EL Average goals per match: 1.46
EL Average goals against per match: 0.77
EL Top Scorer: Lucas Ocampos (4)

First Leg Score: Marseille 2 - 0 Salzburg

Of all the relatively close score-lines, one of the best with which to come out of a first leg home tie must be a 2-0 win. Successfully preventing the visitors bagging an away goal can often prove the determining factor in these ties. Should Marseille get on the scoresheet just once here then Salzburg must score four times to progress. The French side must therefore rate as solid favourites to progress.

Both sides head into this clash at close to full strength. Salzburg in fact have no injury concerns whatsoever. Steve Mandanda remains out for Marseille for whom Hiroki Sakai is also a slight doubt.

Salzburg have already bested Marseille once in this year's competition, winning the group stage game here at the Red Bull Arena 1-0. A repeat of that result wouldn't be quite enough here, but it at least gives the Austrian side hope. Their overall home record this season - they are unbeaten in 26 in all competitions - also suggests that they may have a chance.

This looks set to be tight. Marseille have failed to score in four of their six away outings in the main phase of this year's competition and another blank here would certainly put them under pressure. However, with Florian Thauvin in the form of his career and Dmitri Payet still capable of brilliance, we see Marseille scoring here which may be just enough to put the tie beyond the reach of their hosts.

Prediction: Salzburg 3 - 1 Marseille


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
After Extra Time : 2 - 1
Aggregate Score: 2 - 3
Shots: 16 - 15
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks: 8 - 10
Possession: 54% - 46%

An incredible 14 cards were issued on the night in Austria. Bouna Sarr, Maxime Lopez, Adil Rami, Valere Germain, Dimitri Payet, Jordan Amavi, Rolando and Yohann Pele all seeing yelloiw for Marseille. Amadou Haidara, Andre Ramlho Silva, Duje Caleta-Car, Munas Dabbur were the players booked for Salzburg. A second red card for Haidara meant he received his marching orders from referee Sergei Karasev towards the end of extra time.

Salzburg really are a force to be reckoned with at the Red Bull Arena. Whilst they ultimately came up just short here, they could hardly have given it a better shot, leading on possession, total shots and shots on target, they made Marseille pull out all the stops here.

Despite it being Salzburg who needed to chase the game, it was Marseille who looked the more dangerous side in the opening period. Nothing really clear cut for either side though and we headed into the break with the home side still needing at last two goals.

They got one in the 53rd minute, and what a goal it was. Rising star Amadou Haidara picking up the ball on the right-hand side of midfield before driving in towards the box, showing excellent skill and control to leave four defenders trailing in his wake. As another two of the Marseille rear guard came out to meet him in the area, he didn't give them a chance to tackle, toe-poking into the bottom corner for a lovely goal.

Salzburg's second came in the 65th minute, but it wasn't quite so pretty. Haidara's cross from the right, Adil Rami fluffing his clearance to Xavier Schlager, who in turn scuffed a shot which deflected of Bouna Sarr and in. 2-0 and Salzburg back on level terms on aggregate.

Marseille seemed to wake up a little after the second goal. Florian Thauvin's header against the bar in the 71st minute being as close as they came though.

With Salzburg unable to grab another, despite concerted pressure at times, we headed into extra time. The added thirty minutes certainly weren't dull, with chances and bookings for both sides. As the 120 mark edged ever nearer though, we did look to be headed for a penalty shootout.

Until Dimitri Payer whipped in a corner from the right hand side in the 116th minute. The ball dropping perfectly for veteran defender Rolando to apply the coolest of side foot volley finishes into the bottom left corner.

Utter heartbreak for Salzburg, as Marseille go though to take on Atletico Madrid in the final.

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