Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Sparkles will be flying when Olympique Marseille and Ajax go head to head at Stade Velodrome in a highly-anticipated Europa League game. OM proved their worth in back-to-back wins over AEK Athens, but they have yet to seal their spot in the knockout stages. Marseille played out a 1-1 draw with Strasbourg at the weekend, but they are surely capable of beating the Amsterdammers in front of home fans. Experienced forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is pushing for a start, while defender Samuel Gigot is back from the Ligue 1 ban. Both Valentin Rongier and Pedro Ruiz should miss out with injuries.
Ajax, on the other hand, rolled over Vitesse 5-0 in their last league match, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Olympique Marseille, who have turned their Stade Velodrome into a real fortress. As for the visiting team, all Gorter, Mannsverk, Misehouy, van Axel Dongen, and van den Boomen have been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Steven Berghuis):
Born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on December 19, 1991, Steven Berghuis is a Dutch winger who plays for Ajax in the Eredivisie. Berghuis played for the likes of Vitesse/AGOVV, WSV Apeldoorn, and Go Ahead Eagles during his youth career before joining Twente in 2009.
The 183-cm-tall footballer continued playing for the Reds at senior level. After ending his loan spell with VVV-Venlo, Steven Berghuis joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2012, and three years later signed a deal with the Premier League club Watford. After making no more than nine appearances in the English top flight, Berghuis moved to Feyenoord in August 2016, and he has been playing De club aan de Maas ever since.
His main position is right winger, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both left winger and attacking midfielder as well. He made his Netherlands debut on May 27, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland.
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.