Marseille vs FC Salzburg Semi Finals 2018

Marseille welcome Red Bull Salzburg to the Orange Velodrome on Thursday for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final.

The hosts are slight favourites going into the game and warmed up for the clash nicely with a 5-1 thrashing of Lille on Saturday.

However, Salzburg are also in good form and, having scored 13 goals in their last four outings, will fancy their chances of claiming an away goal.

Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a match preview.

Date: Thursday, April 26

Time: 8:05 p.m. BST/3:05 p.m. ET

Marseille vs FC Salzburg Semi Finals 2018

Team News

Marseille have injury problems and will be without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda who is expected to miss the rest of the domestic season with a thigh problem, per Ligue 1.

The club have also confirmed Japanese international Hiroki Sakai is out for three weeks with a knee injury, via their official website.

Boubacar Kamara is also a doubt after missing Sunday’s win over Lille with injury, but both Rolando and Bouna Sarr made their returns in the game and should be available.

RB Salzburg don’t have any new injury concerns going into the match but are able to welcome back Diadie Samassekou from suspension.

In fact, Marseille have not been beaten at home in Europe since the 2015-16 Europa League round of 16 when they were defeated 1-0 by travelling Athletic Bilbao. This season OM have scored 21 goals in the tournament and 11 in the knockout stages. Garcia’s men have conceded just six in a run that has also seen them earn four clean sheets.

Marseille have been impressive domestically this season and Garcia’s men now find themselves in the middle of an enthralling scrap to finish second behind already-crowned champions Paris Saint-German. Both Marseille and Lyon are just a single point behind second-placed Monaco.

OM are the only side left in the tournament who have won a Champions League crown. The French side have some handy experience in the latter rounds of European competitions having been UEFA Cup runners-up in both 1998-99 and 2003-04.

The club’s fifth-placed finish in Ligue 1 last term saw Marseille start early in the competition this time around. As things stand, OM will be heading into their 17th Europa League fixture of the campaign in a stretch that will match the club’s record run of European fixtures during 2003-04 season.

This Europa League semi-final is the first that Marseille have managed to reach after four attempts and Garcia’s side have a promising chance of making it into a final having been spared both Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the final four.

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