Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Olympique Marseille play host to Leipzig at their Stade Velodrome in the Europa League quarter-finals, return leg. OM suffered a 1-0 loss to the Bundesliga side in the first leg, therefore, we predict the hosts are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday's football match. The Ligue 1 team head into the game following a goalless draw with Montpellier, but it has to be noted that coach Rudi Garcia rested several first-team regulars against la Paillade. The Red Bulls are on a three-game winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to France, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. Seeing that Olympique Marseille are likely to go all guns blazing at Leipzig, a lively contest is on the cards, but we do not believe that Rudi Garcia's men are capable of overcoming the deficit. A man to watch in the home team will be former Premier League ace Dimitri Payet.
Highlighted Player (Aymen Abdennour):
Aymen Abdennour is a professional football player who was born on 6 August, 1989 in Sousse, Tunisia. Abdennour started his youth career at Etoile du Sahel and he continued playing for the senior team. After making 33 league appearances for the club, the powerful centre-back joined Toulouse in 201 and he played for les Pitchouns until 2014. In 2014 he signed a loan deal with Monaco and the club chiefs soon made the deal permanent.
Aymen Abdennour played for les Rouges et Blancs in the 2014/2015 Ligue 1 campaign and at the end of the season he moved to Spain, signing a five-year deal with Valencia. Abdennour was the captain of the Tunisia under 21 team in the past and nowadays he plays regularly for the senior team.
He scored his first goal for Tunisia in a 5-0 win over Chad in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 5 June, 2011. Abdennour is a centre back, but he can be used as a full back as well.
Highlighted Team (RB Leipzig):
Leipzig are a professional football club founded in 2009. Die Bullen (The Bulls) were unbeaten in the 2012/2013 Regionalliga Nordost and, as a result, they secured promotion to the 3. Liga. After finishing the 2013/2014 as 3rd. Liga campaign in second place in the standings, Leipzig were promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and they competed in the German second tier for two seasons.
Despite suffering a loss to Karlsruher on the last day of the 2015/2016 round in the 2. Bundesliga campaign, die Bullen secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Leipzig play their home games at Red Bull Arena (42,959) and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1954.
Die Bullen wear white shirts and red shorts while their away kit is blue and yellow. Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed as the team’s manager at the end of the 2015/2016 season and you should know that the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Achim Beierlorzer, Alexander Zorniger, Peter Pacult, Tomas Oral and Tino Vogel were in charge of the team in the past as well.