Marseille – Domzale: Preview & Prediction
After two stumbles in a row, Olympique Marseille are aiming for a place in the Europa League group stage on Thursday 24 August at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille. He receives the Domzale from Slovenia. The start is scheduled for 15:45 (Brasília time).
In the first leg, there was a tie for 1 to 1. Thus, a goalless equality would be enough for the classification of the French team. In the event of a draw, but for two or more goals, the Slovenians will survive in the competition. Of course, anyone who wins takes the place.
Olympique de Marseille
Although his budget can not be compared to that of the powerful Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Marseille have made heavy investments by the average standards of French football since the second half of the previous season. Therefore, the draw with the modest Slovenian team was considered a stumbling block, even if it happened outside the home.
The biggest thud, however, took place in Marseille on Sunday against little Angers. Equality, also by 1 to 1, ended with the 100% use that the team had been presenting in Ligue 1. So with seven points (two wins and a draw), it fell to fifth place.
Obviously, it is ‘stuck’ on the leaders. With only three rounds to go, they have two points less than PSG, Monaco and St. Etienne, who follow with perfect performance, and presents the same score of Lyon, fourth placed by taking advantage in the tiebreaker criteria.
In the previous phase of the Europa League, the field factor was decisive for Olympique. In Marseille, beat Oostende, Belgium, by 4 to 2. Then only managed the advantage tied without goals in the opponents stadium.
To try to confirm his classification, coach Rudi Garcia has an important low. Midfielder Dimitri Payet is in the medical department. He suffered a thigh injury in a 3-0 win over Dijon in the first round of the French Championship. He has been out of the last three games. He must undergo a new medical evaluation, however, has no great chances of being released for Thursday’s duel.
A series of six undefeated games (two wins and four draws) packs the Domzale’s hopes of reaching an outcome that would surely be among the biggest in its history.
Even when it is compared to the local rivals, it can not be considered a leading team. His situation is portrayed in the third place he occupies in the 2017/2018 season in the Prva League, the First Division of the Slovenian Championship. After six rounds, he is seven points behind leaders Ljubljana and Maribor. He added just nine points (two wins, three draws and one loss) in the 18 possible.
In the Europa League, however, has already made a small zebra in the current season. In the previous stage of the qualifiers, they eliminated Freiburg from Germany, who was considered a favorite in the duel. It lost by 1 to 0 in the rival stage, but it reversed the situation marking 2 to 0 in Slovenia.
With the Slovenes having a low position in UEFA club competition, Domzale had to play two more qualifying rounds. In the first, he went through Flora, Estonia, winning 2-0 at home and 3-2 away. He then made Valur of Iceland his victim. As a visitor, he doubled to 2 – 1. In his dominions, he won again, this time around 3-2.
Marseille – Domzale: Betting Tips
1/1 HT/FT – Odds: 1.70
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.65