Marseille vs Konyaspor
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Marseille had to go through two qualifying rounds before reaching the group stage, and someone could notice a pattern in how they did back in July and August. They beat KV Oostende 4-2 at home, and drew 0-0 in Belgium. Then, they drew again away from home, at Domzale, 1-1, and won 3-1 in France. From a team of Marseille’s stature, playing against Oostende and Domzale, someone could expect better results away from home, but both times they did just enough either to protect their advantage, or get one, before playing the return leg at home. Last season they made it to the last 32, where they got eliminated by Athletic Bilbao. Last Sunday they lost 3-1 at home to Rennes(!), and now have only seven points from five matches in France’s Ligue 1.
Konyaspor finished 9th in last season’s Super Lig in Turkey, just 9th, but (important “but”) they won the Cup, beating Istanbul Basaksehir in the final. Their Cup success earned them not just a ticket to the Europa League, but a direct one to the group stage, which feels a bit ironic, thinking that Marseille had to play in two qualifying rounds. Konyaspor played last season as well in the Europa League group stage, but didn’t make it to the last 32. Last weekend they lost 2-0 at home to Alanyaspor, they have just three points from four matches at the start of the new Super Lig season, and are lingering around the lowest spots of the table.
Previous 5 matches:
Marseille vs Rennes 1-3
Monaco vs Marseille 6-1
Marseille vs Domzale 3-0
Marseille vs Angers 1-1
Domzale vs Marseille 1-1
Konyaspor vs Alanyaspor 0-2
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Konyaspor 2-1
Konyaspor vs Gençlerbirliği 3-0
Trabzonspor vs Konyaspor 2-1
Besiktas vs Konyaspor 1-2
Marseille’s next game is on Sunday at Amiens (France Ligue 1). A day later, Konyaspor will be visiting Besiktas (Turkey Super Lig).
Marseille vs Konyaspor: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Marseille vs Konyaspor: Prediction
Any other result but a Marseille win would be a major surprise.
Marseille vs Konyaspor: Betting Tips
A simple Marseille win pays just 1.36, but combined with a clean sheet it goes up to a much better 2.05.
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