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Marseille will look to protect a 2-0 lead when they travel to Austria to face Red Bull Salzburg in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie scored for Ligue 1 side Marseille in the first leg. However, Salzburg are formidable at home and have scored 19 goals, the fifth-most along with Marseille, in the competition.
Here are the schedule and viewing details.
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 8:05 p.m. BST/3:05 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 3, Fox Sports 2
Marseille own a dynamic and fluid attack featuring the talents of Thauvin, Njie, Konstantinos Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos. Yet for all their quality in the final third, Dimitri Payet is the player who makes things tick.
The former West Ham United forward assisted both goals in the first leg. Those contributions continued an impressive recent trend of creativity for the 31-year-old, per Squawka Football:
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Dimitri Payet has created 100+ chances in each of the last four league seasons: 2014/15: 131 🎯 2015/16: 119 🎯 2016/17: 113 🎯 2017/18: 113 🎯 Leader of the playmaker pack. https://t.co/agVXLFm4LT
There is steel to complement Payet’s silk, though, in the form of midfield enforcer Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international is an intelligent and physical presence in front of the back four.
Gustavo earned praise for his defensive expertise in the first leg from Goal’s Robin Bairner:
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#Payet will get much of the praise for his two assists, but Luiz Gustavo was enormous once again in the middle of the defence.
Manager Rudi Garcia’s side will need Gustavo’s nous to help subdue a gifted Salzburg forward line. Israel international striker Moanes Dabour is a threat, while midfielder Valon Berisha has the craft to unlock any defence in Europe.
Salzburg are sure to put pressure on a Marseille team possibly still without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who is continuing his recovery from a torn thigh muscle, per the Ligue 1 official website.
While there may be some issues at the back, Marseille have enough firepower up top to net a priceless away goal and book their place in the final.