With four teams left in the competition, the UEFA Europa League reaches the Semi-Finals this Thursday, April 26th, 2018, and in the first leg matches Arsenal welcomes Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium in London, while Marseille hosts Salzburg at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The more intriguing clash is certainly the one in London, as two great clubs meet each other, but the matchup between Marseille and Salzburg should also offer a top-quality football, so let’s see what can we expect from these teams in their search for the UEFA Europa League Final.
Marseille vs. Salzburg
Three-Way: 1: Marseille -155; X: +275 Draw; 2: Salzburg +425 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1: Marseille +115; Salzburg -125
Total +3 Goals: Over +105; Under -125
The Olympians have beaten RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League Quarter-Finals, putting on a magnificent performance in the second leg at Stade Velodrome when they’ve scored five goals to overcome the tough German side.
Marseille is on fire recently, bagging 13 goals in their last three matches, including that 5-2 victory over RB Leipzig, so the Olympians look ready to beat another Red Bull’s team, this time the one from Salzburg in Austria.
Marseille played twelve games in the UEFA Europa League this season, earning six wins, two draws, and four losses with a 17:10 goal difference which is 2.25 goals per contest on average, while five out of these twelve tilts had more than two goals on the scoreboard.
The winger Florian Thauvin is leading his team with 22 goals in 47 appearances this season in all competitions, while the forward Lucas Ocampos is the most efficient player in the Europa League with four goals in ten matches. The manager Rudi Garcia will have some problems to field his best eleven against the Red Bulls, as the keeper Steve Mandanda (muscle) and the right-back Bouna Sarr are both doubtful due to injuries.
The Red Bulls from Salzburg made a couple of massive upsets in the UEFA Europa League this season, beating Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16, and Lazio 6-5 on aggregate in the Quarter-Finals, despite they were huge underdogs in both matchups.
The bookies set Salzburg as a +105 favorite to overcome Marseille and reach the Final, and the Red Bulls certainly aren’t afraid of the Olympians, particularly after some blistering displays throughout the season.
Salzburg also played twelve matches in the Europa League in 2017/2018, recording six wins, five draws, and just one defeat with a goal difference of 19:10 which is 2.42 goals per contest on average, while six out of these twelve encounters had more than two goals in the total.
The Israeli striker Munas Dabbur is the team’s top scorer with 26 goals in 48 matches this season, five of them in 12 apps in the Europa League, while all players are healthy and ready to go against Marseille.
Marseille vs. Salzburg – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Marseille scored 13 goals in their last three games overall
- Marseille lost just one out of their previous 21 home matches
- Marseille has a 5-1-0 record at home in the Europa League this season
- Salzburg won only one out of their previous five tilts on the road
- Salzburg scored in seven out of their last ten away games
- Salzburg’s last three Europa League matches had at least four goals in the total
Marseille and Salzburg have faced each other in the Europa League Group I earlier in the season, with the Red Bulls winning 1-0 at home, while the game at Stade Velodrome was ended in a goalless draw. However, I think we’ll see a different story this Thursday, backing the hosts to win the first leg in front of the home fans, while the visitors are certainly capable of finding the net. Therefore, I’ll go with the over on this one, but you can check out all odds and lines on BetDSI Sportsbook.
MY PICK: Over 3 Goals (+105)