Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
A place in the Europa Conference League final will be at stake when Feyenoord and Olympique Marseille face each other in a double-header. Feyenoord did well to eliminate Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals, and you should know that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions. In their last meeting in Rotterdam, back in 1999, Feyenoord defeated Marseille 3-0, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s clash. All Bijlow, Til, and Toornstra should miss out with injuries.
OM, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Nantes and Reims. Marseille will almost certainly represent France in the Champions League next term, but they want to go all the way in the Conference League this season as well. Dimitri Payet returns to the starting XI, while both Balerdi and de la Fuente remain in the treatment room. The likes of Dieng, Gerson, and Kamara are back from suspension, but that is unlikely to help OM spoil Feyenoord’s party at De Kuip as the Rotterdammers are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown.
It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394.
The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.