Olympique Marseille and Vitória Guimarães are leveling up at Stade Vélodrome in a game for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results conquered at home and as a visitor.
After 1 victory and 1 defeat, the home team arrives at this 3rd day in the 2nd position of Group I, with 3 points conquered. On the previous day, they lost 1-0 to Salzburg after the first game of this group stage to have won 1-0 at home against Konyaspor. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 5 wins, 8 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium. In the last game that disputed, for Liga 1, tied with Strasbourg outside by (3-3). In their last 10 games at home Olympique Marseille have 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. In 15 matches, he only managed 1 comeback in all 5 matches in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 8 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period highlighted: he suffered 3 of his 6 goals in the minutes (61′-75 ‘).
Olympique Marseille came to this game with a draw against Strasbourg, 3-3, adding to the match in a row without proving the taste of defeat in several competitions: goals were scored by Payet, Sanson and Mitroglou. In this home fixture, coach Rudi García should align on the usual tactical system, that is to say, 4-2-3-1, profiting the possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially, through the left flank: Dimitri Payet is very fast and strong in the offensive transition. On the other hand, Cameroon N’Jie is the best scorer in Marseille, with 5 goals scored. For this game the technician can count on all the players at his disposal.
After 0 victories, 1 draw and 1 loss, the visiting team reaches this third day in the 4th position of Group I, with 1 point conquered. In the previous day, he lost out against Konyaspor by (2-1), after in the first match of this group stage have tied for (1-1) at home against Salzburg. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. The team arrives to this match after a victory outside with the Vasco da Gama by (1-6). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Vitória Guimarães won 3, tied 1 and lost 6. The team conceded goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 7 of the last 10 games.
The Vitória de Guimarães comes to this match with a victory in the field of Vasco da Gama, by 1-6, in a match for the Portuguese Cup. In the last game for the Europa League, the visitors lost in the ground of the Konyaspor, by 2-1. In this difficult encounter, coach Pedro Martins should opt for a more cautious strategy, attacking in a more controlled way, thus maintaining the defensive organization. The Brazilian extreme Raphinha is the great highlight of Victória, with 3 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Douglas, a player who recovers from an injury.
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