Salzburg v Marseille Betting Tips & Odds – 03/05/18

Salzburg v Marseille Betting Tips & Odds – 03/05/18

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Salzburg v Marseille Betting Tips & Odds

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

Overview

The Europa League semi-finals return this Thursday. After a good win for Marseille in the first leg they now travel to Salzburg to see if they can reach this years final. They beat the Austrian team 2-0 in the first leg and will be hoping that advantage will be enough to see them through. Salzburg have been the competition’s dark horses and have done very well to reach this stage. They’ve won the Austrian Bundesliga comfortable this season and have looked good in Europe. They knockout Borussia Dortmund in the last round and will be confident of turning Marseille over and coming through this semi-final.

Dimitri Payet, Marseille

Dimitri Payet assisted both the Marseille goals in the first leg

Salzburg looking to defy the odds

Salzburg have a tough test ahead of them coming up against a strong Marseille side and 2-0 down. Despite Salzburg coming into the game 2-0 down they’ll be very confident in their ability to win this tie. The Austrian champions haven’t lost at home this season in all competitions. To get to this point in the competition they’ve beaten both Borussia Dortmund and Lazio. Their confidence to turn this tie around will come from managing to do it last time out. In the quarter-finals Salzburg lost the first leg 4-2 to Lazio only to win 4-1 in the return leg in Austria. Not conceding an away goal will be very important for Salzburg but with six clean sheets in their last nine home games they’re very capable.

Salzburg will feel unlucky not to at least get a goal in the first leg. They were very much in the game for 90 minutes, hitting the post and missing some good opportunities. They’ll be hoping to be a lot more clinical in the second leg. Striker Moanes Dabour with be the main goal threat for Salzburg, the Israeli has scored twenty-four goals so far this season and will be hoping to add to his tally Thursday night. Going forward it is hard to see Salzburg not getting at least one goal with their impressive home record and opportunities they created in the first leg. However, the defensive pairing of Ramalho and Caleta-Car will have to be at their best to keep Marseille out. Only conceding two goals at home in the Europa League this season a clean sheet is definitely a possibility.

Munas Dabbur

Munas Dabbur has 24 goals so far this season and will be a threat Thursday night

Marseille are in a great position to progress

Marseille and Salzburg have played each other three times already this season. They meet in the group stages with Salzburg winning 1-0 at home and a 0-0 draw in the Marseille home tie. The third of those games was the first leg of this tie, with Marseille coming out 2-0 winners. The French side were lucky to not concede but now have a big advantage having not conceded an away goal. If Marseille can get an away goal Thursday it would mean Salzburg have to score four to win the tie. However, Marseille have struggled away from home in the Europa League only scoring four goals in the eight they’ve played, which included some very poor sides in the group stages.

The main threat for Marseille will most definitely be Florian Thauvin. The former Newcastle United player is finally reaching his potential at the age of twenty-five. The wide man has scored twenty-three goals this season and assisted twelve. He’s been one the better players in Ligue 1 causing problems for most defences. With six goals in his last five games he might be the player to get Marseille that vital away goal. With the creative ability that Dimitri Payet has Marseille will certainly have chances to score. Forward Lucas Ocampos is their top scorer in the Europa League with four goals and will be another player Salzburg will have to worry about. Despite all this attacking talent Marseille have struggled away from home in the Europa League and will need a big away performance in Austria to make this years final.

Florian Thauvin Marseille

Florian Thauvin has been the main man for Marseille this season with 23 goals so far

Recommended Bets:

Salzburg to win: (Best Priced at 11/10 with bet365) BET HERE

Salzburg to score first: (Best Priced at 3/4 with Ladbrokes) BET HERE

BTTS and over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 1/1 with skybet) BET HERE

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