Last Eight target before Olympico meeting

UEFA Europa League

Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais are both seeking to secure spots in the qurter-finals of the UEFA Europa League before meeting in Ligue 1 Conforama on Sunday.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 2nd leg

Groupama Stadium, Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais (1) - (0) CSKA Moscow

>> LIVE scoring from 21:05 CET!!!

OL carry a one-goal advantage into the return leg of their tie against CSKA Moscow at Groupama Stadium, the venue for the final of this year's competition. OL followed up their success in the Russian capital with a slender victory over Caen on Sunday and Bruno Genesio's side know they're entering a crucial four days in their season.

In the best case scenario come Sunday night OL will be in the Europa League quarters and will be two points behind third-placed Marseille in the league having won at Orange Vélodrome. In the worst case scenario OL will be out of Europe, eight points back from OM and their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League will be in tatters.

Genesio said: "Mentally we are in a good place. Physically we'll be good for the CSKA Moscow game as we'll have had four days to prepare for it after playing Caen. We're ready for the the next two matches we'll play which are very, very important."

Skipper Nabil Fekir underwent an arthroscopy on Tuesday and the knee injury will keep him out for a further three to four weeks. Rafael has a slight thigh problem and won't be risked in the Europa League. Mouctar Diakhaby could play at centre-half to give Jérémy Morel a rest, while midfielder Houssem Aouar has been struggling with illness and that could benefit Jordan Ferri.

Probable Teams:

Lyon: Lopes; Tete, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy; Ferri, Tousart, Ndombele; Cornet, Maolida, Depay

CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev; Ignashevich, Berezutski, Wernbloom; Nababkin, Golovin, Natcho, Dzagoev, Schennikov; Vitinho, Musa

San Mamés, Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao (1) - (3) Olympique de Marseille

>> LIVE scoring from 19:00 CET!!!

OM are in a strong position, 3-1 up against Athletic Bilbao after the first leg, although supporters haven't forgotten falling to Zenit St-Petersburg in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup 10 years ago after posting the same first leg scoreline in Marseille.

Coach Rudi Garcia is taking it one game at a time: "Sunday's game hasn't entered into our thinking. We want to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League. We'll think about the league after the game. We're expecting them to go for it from the start and we hope to exploit the space they'll leave us. If we manage to score in the first half-hour then that would be the best thing. We're not coming for a 0-0 and we're not going to sit back in our penalty box. "

Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou could start after his winner at Toulouse last Sunday, while Florian Thauvin is touch and go as he's still feeling the after-effects of knocks sustained against Nantes on March 4. Garcia said: "We've brought Thauvin with us but we don't know if he'll be able to play or not."

Probable Teams:

Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin; De Marcos, Alvarez, Etxelta, Lekue; Susaeta, Iturraspe, Etxebarria, Cordoba; Williams, Aduriz

OM: Mandanda; Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi; Anguissa, Luiz Gustavo; Sanson, Payet, Ocampos; Mitroglou



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