The Velodrome has been a fortress for Marseille in Europe so far this campaign.
Marseille have been very effective at home in the knockout stages, brushing off Braga, Bilbao and Leipzig by an aggregate score of 11-3, though the one time they failed to take maximum points at the Velodrome in Europe came against Salzburg themselves in the group stages.
The Austrian side are certainly capable of getting on the scoresheet having netted twice in four of their last five on their travels in Europe, though having conceded seven times across trips to Real Sociedad, Dortmund and Lazio a repeat of the goalless stalemate between these in December appears unlikely. Indeed, four of Marseille’s last five home games across all competitions have seen at least four goals, and while the French side netted an average of three per game during this period they still shipped seven at the other end.
Salzburg will undoubtedly seek to register an away goal, but they’ll have a tough time avoiding defeat with Marseille going W14-D6-L1 over their last 21 at home across all competitions. The hosts are in a close fight with Monaco and Lyon to qualify for next season’s Champions League domestically and so may need to win this tournament to achieve that aim, and given their consistent scoring exploits on home turf the 3-1 correct score offers a big price.
Rudi Garcia’s side haven’t relied upon any one star to get their goals, and while Florian Thauvin leads the charts for Marseille this term with 11 goals in his last 15 outings, the mercurial Dimitri Payet offers an interesting alternative. The ex-Hammer has three goals in his last four Europa League games, and inspiring his side to the trophy would do his chances of selection for the World Cup no harm at all.