Marseille vs Lokomotiv Moscow Prediction: Europa League Match on 09.12.2021
The other fixture in Group E is all about the top two spots in the group. However, Marseille and Lokomotiv Moscow will be battling it out on Thursday evening to stay in European competition, as a place in the Europa Conference League is the prize for the winning team in France.
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Marseille would have been hoping for much better in the Europa League this season, as they have been flying in Ligue 1 throughout much of the season. However, the very best that the French side can achieve now is a place in the Europa Conference League after Christmas.
They currently have a two point advantage in the race for that finish in the group. But, they will need to avoid defeat against Lokomotiv Moscow to wrap up that finish in the standings. Marseille have failed to win in the Europa League so far this season, as they have been held on four occasions.
Their only defeat came away from home against Galatasaray. The French side are unbeaten in their two home games, as they drew 0-0 with Galatasaray and 2-2 with Lazio.
Lokomotiv Moscow still have a chance of finishing in the Europa Conference League spot in the group, as they are just two points behind their French rivals. The Russian side have lost three of the five games that they have played, and have been held to two draws.
Scoring goals has been their biggest issue in the Europa League to this point, as they have scored just twice. One of those goals came in a 1-1 draw against Marseille in Russia, while the other came in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray. Lokomotiv have also conceded the most goals in this group, as they have allowed eight in five games.
Marseille vs Lokomotiv Moscow Head to Head
The meeting between these sides on matchday one was the first competitive meeting between the two. That meeting ended in a 1-1 draw. Marseille were wasteful in front of goal in that fixture, as they had an XG of two, while Lokomotiv had an XG of just 0.2.
Marseille vs Lokomotiv Moscow Prediction
The French side were dominant in the first meeting between the two, but were extremely wasteful in front of goal. We can’t see anything other than them getting the win in this return fixture, and we have a preference for a 2-0 success for Marseille.
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