RB Leipzig vs. Marseille: Probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog
Fuelled by the goals of Timo Werner, European debutants RB Leipzig host Olympique de Marseille in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday (kick-off 9:05 pm CEST/8:05 pm GMT/3:05 pm EST).
Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six competitive outings, after following up their 2-1 defeat of Bayern Munich with victory at Hannover at the weekend. Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will have been happy to see Emil Forsberg find the net for the first time since November, while Naby Keita played the full 90 minutes despite having struggled with a back problem during the international break. With Willi Orban suspended for the first leg, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano, a substitute at the weekend, are likely to form an all-French central defence for the 2016/17 Bundesliga runners-up.
Marseille maintained their push for a top-two finish in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win at Dijon on Saturday, but it came at a high cost. Captain and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda limped out early in the second half with a thigh injury and may not play again this season, while centre-back Adil Rami did likewise later in the game with a calf problem, and also misses out. Yohann Pele is likely to start in goal with Jordan Amavi returning to the back four after a domestic suspension. There is only a slim chance in-form Florian Thauvin will play after missing the weekend game with a hamstring problem picked up while on international duty with France.
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Leipzig: Gulacsi – Laimer, Upamecano, Konate, Bernardo – Sabitzer, Keita – Forsberg, Bruma – Augustin, Werner
Absentees: Halstenberg (knee ligaments), Ilsanker (knee), Orban (suspended), Lookman (ineligible)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Marseille: Pele — Sarr, Rolando, Sertic, Amavi — Luiz Gustavo, Zambo Anguissa — Ocampos, Sanson, Payet (c) — Mitroglou
Absentees: Mandanda (thigh), Rami (calf), Thauvin (hamstring)
Coach: Rudi Garcia
- Competing in European competition for the first time, Leipzig have accounted for Serie A title contenders Napoli and Russian Premier League side Zenit since being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League group stage.
- Werner has scored six goals in Leipzig’s last seven European fixtures, though only one of those strikes has come at home.
- Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has played every minute of his club’s ten European matches.
- Leipzig are the only team still in the competition not to have appeared in a UEFA final.
- This is the clubs’ first-ever meeting in European competition, and quarter-final debuts in the Europa League for them both too.
- Marseille have failed to score on their last three visits to Germany.
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