Marselha vs Leipzig Soccer Prediction Today
Olympique de Marseille
The ‘rehearsal’ for Thursday’s showdown, however, was not one of the happiest for Olympique. On Sunday, April 8, by the French Championship, the Marseille team failed to overcome the boom mounted by Montpellier and had to settle for the goalless draw.
Despite having 64% of possession, the home side were only able to create 12 chances. The achievement in this area was very low. Only three of them went to the target.
The stumble complicated Olympique’s situation in League 1. With 63 points (18 wins, nine draws and five losses), the team fell to fourth place. He was behind Lyon, who has the same score, but takes advantage of the tiebreaker criteria.
This fight is very important. The third-placed will have the right to play in the qualifiers of the 2018/2019 European Champions League. Anyone staying in a room will have to settle for a place in the Europa League.
However, this is a minor concern for coach Rudi Garcia. Your immediate goal is to improve the quality and quantity of your team’s offensive production. Therefore, he can promote the return of midfielder Florian Tauvin (29 games in the French Championship 2017/2018, 16 goals).
He suffered a muscle injury while serving the France team. On March 23, in a 3-2 defeat to Colombia, he had to leave the match in the 8th minute of the first half. Lost the next three games. It is under treatment and must be evaluated again to know if it will receive the green light to act before the Leipzig.
Three other incumbents are also in the ward. One of them is goalkeeper Steve Mandada (28 games, no goal). If he can not play, Yohann Pele (six games) will remain in the position. The other two defenders are Adil Ramil (30 games, one goal) and Rolando (27 games, one goal).
The schedule put Leipzig in a situation of physical disadvantage for the match. The team was responsible for closing the twenty-ninth round of the German Championship on Monday, April 9. At home, he took a lead against Bayer Leverkusen, but was thrashed 4-1.
In the second half, the players, tired, were crawling on the pitch. Aiming to reduce his physical damage, coach Ralph Hasenhutti even took out his most important striker, Timo Werner (27 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, 11 goals), who is already thinking of Thursday’s game.
The home defeat against Leverkusen cost two places on the leaderboard for Leipzig. The team, who finished fourth in the standings in the next edition of the Champions League, were parked in the 46 points (13 wins, seven draws and nine defeats), dropped to sixth place, to the limit to win a place in the Europa League. The clash interrupted a series of seven games without defeat (four wins and three draws) of Leipzig.
The match at least gave new options to the coach. Right-back Lukas Klostermann (22 games, one goal), who was injured, was released and regularly participated in the game. It should be listed again among the holders in France.
Another who came back to the team was midfielder Stefan Ilsanker (17 games, no goal). It started the match between reserves and replaced Naby Keita (23 games, no goal), another that was spared after the defeat was consolidated.
The third ‘reinforcement’ was Portuguese striker Bruma (25 games, three goals). Released by the medical department was on the bench and in the second half secured a few minutes off for the Danish Yussuf Poulsen (26 games, four goals).
Defender Marcel Halstenberg (15 matches, two goals) and midfielder Konrad Laimer (20 matches, no goal) are in the injury recovery ward.
Soccer Prediction of the Day Marselha vs Leipzig
Owner of a good base team, Leipzig continues to show that it does not have spare parts in quantity and quality enough to maintain the standard of performances when it has to divide between competitions. That makes the French team’s guess the best choice for this Thursday’s showdown.
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