Oostende take on the visitors Marseille at “Versluys Arena” in the second-leg match of the Qualification semi-final of the UEFA Europa League 2017/2018. The game will be played in Ostend on Thursday, August 3rd. The first-leg clash was won by Marseille with 4:2 scoreline.
Oostende demonstrated good results in friendly encounters this summer recording three victories, three draws and a single loss in them. However, the Belgian club is not so lucky in official fights as the team was broken 0:1 by Mouscron in the Belgium’s Jupiler League and 2:4 by Marseille in the first-leg match of the UEFA Europa League. Nevertheless, the defeat to Mouscron can be excused as the side was getting ready for the reverse fixture against the French side.
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With the last season and friendly encounters taken into consideration, Marseille have not been beaten across 19 consecutive clashes, having earned 12 victories and seven draws in them. This summer the French club has enforced its squad and is set to fight for winning the French Ligue 1 title as well as succeed in the Eurocups, thus, it must promote to the Group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
The favourite in this pair is obvious, however, I don’t believe that Oostende will give up to the French easily. With the French Ligue 1 hasn’t started yet, Marseille are only getting ready for the season and the Belgian side must confidently play in its defense. I assume that the Belgians may lose with two-goal margin maximum as long as Oostende know how to score goals which they demonstrated in the first-leg game in France.
Prediction for the match: Oostende to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.