Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Eintracht Frankfurt will be aiming to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games when they welcome Olympique Marseille at their Commerzbank Nebenplatz stadium on Thursday. The Eagles have been producing thrilling performances in all competitions this season and the Serbian colony (Luka Jovic, Filip Kostic, Mijat Gacinovic) looks unstoppable at the moment. Eintracht Frankfurt aim to keep their 100% record intact in the Europa League and seeing that Olympique Marseille, who have collected only one point in the process, are low on confidence, home win should be considered. The Ligue 1 side have been totally out of form in the Europa League this term and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the high-flying Bundesliga side. When the two teams met at Stade Veoldrome earlier in the process Eintracht came from behind to beat Olympique Marseille 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Marco Fabian):
Marco Fabian is a 26-year-old midfielder who plays for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. This attacking midfielder has started his youth career at Guadalajara before making his senior professional debut with the Mexican club in 2007. Over eight seasons with them, Fabian became a regular and scored more than 50 goals for them. He moved to Eintracht Frankfurt in late 2015. Fabian represented Mexico across various youth levels before finally graduating to the senior team. He earned his first senior cap in 2012 and played his first major tournament with the senior team at the 2013 Gold Cup. He was one of the revelations for Mexico in that tournament with three goals and equal number of assists. Fabian has 25 national caps to his name and six goals to his credit so far. Often regarded for his pace and great long range shots, Fabian has a 2014 FIFA Puskas Award nomination to his credit.
Highlighted Team (Olympique 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.