However, the truth is that Salzburg are no mugs. They have already seen off Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in this season’s competition, so Marseille are unlikely to hold any real fear.
What both of these sides have in common is that they both overturned first-leg away deficits in the last round, meaning the emphasis will be on Marseille to try to put the tie to rest on home soil.
That won’t be easy. Salzburg have kept more clean sheets than any other side in the Europa League this season (6) and have only lost one of their last 11 away games in all European competition (W5 D5).
The Red Bulls have kept a clean sheet in four of their six previous meetings with French opposition, all of which makes the 9/1 on the Austrian side to win to nil very interesting.
That said, it probably has the hallmarks of a tight and cagey affair. Salzburg obviously know how to defend and the Ligue 1 side may just find it hard to force a break though. 888.com are offering 14/1 on a 0-0 draw and 7/1 on a 1-1 draw, and both look good value.
If there are goals, each side has a seven-goal man to call upon to get them.
Valeré Germain has been Marseille’s top scorer in the competition this season but he’s probably one to avoid at 10/11 to score any time given the fact he has scored just one goal in his last 12 games in Europe.
Dimitri Payet on the other hand has scored in three of his last four Europa League games, so backing him at 13/2 to open the scoring, especially if it proves a tight game and set-pieces take on greater importance, may well be the astute place to put your cash.
|Salzburg win to nil 9/1|
|Marseille 1-1 at 7/1|
|ANYTIME GOAL SCORER|
|Germain Score Anytime at 10/11|
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