Olympique Marseille vs Konyaspor
Marseille look to set their frustrating start to the season aside with an European glory on the opening Matchday in the Uefa Europa League against Konyaspor at Stade Orange Velodram.
This is the first ever meeting between both sides on the European stage and neither of the sides want their first ever clash go stalemate. French side Marseille picked themselves up and avoid a downfall finishing sixth in ligue 1 the previous season, booking a direct place in this season’s Europa league group stage. They were absent in the last season in the competition. So certainly Marseille will look to make up their best against a high flying Turk side playing their second consecutive Europa league season.
Redemption are on high this season too for Marseille with their uncharacteristic start to the season. They began their campaign in the domestic league with a 3-0 victory over Dijon. But things began to change after that. A hard fought 1-0 victory over Nantes before crushing defeats to Monaco and Rennes this weekend, was little to admire. Edi Garcia,however, is ready to sacrifice everything to reach the final to enter in the Champions league next season. A lot need to improve. The loss of Bafetabi Gomis in the summer transfer window left OMwithout a main goal threat in the box. Purchased from Monaco, Velo German had came as a replacement but thataggressive nature to score goals is still lacking. Furthermore, defensive unity is breaking apart to their disray.
Konyaspor will be happy for their performance in their domestic aspects. Playing their second back to back season in the league, Konyospor held high hopes to reach the quarter final stage at least which will bring the satisfaction on fans face. The team showed a great optimism on the pitch last venture and are sure to present the same this time out. But Marseille actually are very much destructive at home and they should win it at any cost.
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick off: 12:30 IST/20:05 UK/ 21:05 CE
Venue: Stade Velodrome
Marseille are boosted by injury comeback of Dmriti Payet. Clinton Nje will also be available after being rested in the Rennes game at the weekend. Center back Rolando is pass fit for this game.
Konyaspor have no injury issues as they prepare to cause major upset in their first ever meeting with the French side.