Marseille v Salzburg Betting Tips & Odds – 06/12/17

Marseille v Salzburg Betting Tips & Odds – 06/12/17

Marseille v Salzburg Betting Tips & Odds

In our Marseille v Salzburg betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Rudi Garcia’s Marseille look to assure their a place in the next round of the Europa League on Thursday night, as they host Marco Rose’s already qualified Salzburg at Stade Velodrome. Marseille are ranked as the second strongest side in Group I but have failed to capitalise in all too many opportunities, which has been the reasoning behind their inability to take the top spot, making this final game far more tense than it ought to be. Salzburg have well and truly put their hat in the ring in battling their way up to the top of the table, leading by four points, with it being so question as to why they’re so ahead, as they’ve earned such a domination over all other sides in Group I. These sides experienced their first group meeting back in late September, where a tense meeting in Austria resulted as a 1-0 win for Salzburg.

Munas Dabbur scored the only goal in Salzburg’s narrow win over Marseille

Marseille need to maintain a lead over third place Konyaspor

Following on from a fifth place finish in Ligue 1, which saw them going under the radar behind the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint Germain, Nice and Lyon, Marseille have been making strides to improve their squad and overall playing philosophy. They wouldn’t have finished so high if it weren’t for Rudi Garcia coming in to improve their league effort back in October but this follow-up attempt has been helped by the estimated £60m over the summer on incoming transfers, with former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou, Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, former Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin, Spurs forward Clinton N’Jie, Sevilla defender Adil Rami and unused Monaco striker Valere Germain being their main acquisitions.

Despite making some truly crucial changes throughout the starting eleven, Marseille have so far only been able to move a place up in the table, now at fourth with nine points preventing them from the top spot. They’ve not been awful, showing plenty of attacking prowess, but sometimes fail to find solid consistency over lengthly periods. Europa League football has had them in a similar state, winning two and drawing one of five games to look average at best, landing them at second behind the far superior organisation of Salzburg. They’ve gone without wins in their last two European games but need to come away with three points in order to assure their place in the next round, as Konyaspor are a mere two points behind them. Florian Thauvin will surely be up for the fight, achieving five goals and two assists in his last seven games.

Patrice Evra is banned for a lengthly period after attacking a fan

The Red Bulls have already confirmed their place in the next round

With the side they face here clearly falling short of expectations, one side had to put themselves forward as being capable of domination, where RB Salzburg clearly showed their own intensions of a top place finish. Oscar Garcia left to St Etienne which saw the favoured coach looking for a new challenge in France’s Ligue 1, where he’s yet to meet with Marseille, Salzburg needed the perfect man to take his place in order to remain dominant in Austria. The Red Bulls are regularly victors in the Austrian Bundesliga and are enjoying their record of four successive league wins, so it’s expected they’ll do more of the same in future seasons.

Looking internally as they regularly do for members of the management team, Marco Rose took the place of outgoing Garcia and he’s been just the right man for the job, winning twelve and drawing five of eighteen league games, putting them up at the top of table, level on points with second place Sturm Graz but capable of finishing where they sit from the regimented style implemented by their new boss. They’ve been able to show as much resilience in the Europa League as they have in the Austrian Bundesliga, winning three and drawing two of five games to top the group early and assure their place in the next stage of the competition.

Marco Rose has shown organisation in his Salzburg side to top the group

Odds

If you want to back Marseille to assure their place in the next round of the competition with a win, they’re priced up at odds of 8/13 to win on Betway. If you could see this game resulting at a draw between Group I’s two strongest sides, odds of 16/5 are available on BetVictor. If you’d rather get behind Salzburg to come out on top, BetBright are offering odds as high as 5/1.

Recommended Bets:

Marseille to win (Best priced at 8/13 on Betway) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 4/5 on Coral) – BET HERE

Florian Thauvin to score anytime (Best priced at 17/10 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

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