Marseille seeking knockout stage place
Olympique de Marseille need just a point from Thursday's UEFA Europa League tie with RB Salzburg to join Ligue 1 Conforama rivals OGC Nice and Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 32.
UEFA Europa League, Matchday 6
Thursday, 7 December, 2017
Olympique de Marseille - RB Salzburg Group I (kick-off 21:05CET)
OM are on a four-game winning streak at home in European competition, but can even afford to draw with the Austrian visitors at the Stade Orange Vélodrome and make progress to the knockout stages.
With Jordan Amavi suspended following his red card at Konyaspor last time out, Hiroki Sakai is expected to fill the left-back role with Bouna Sarr reverting to right-back. OM will be missing the in-form Florian Thauvin, who is suffering from a calf problem.
"I don't think we need to motivate the Marseille fans for the Europa League. I feel that want us to go for and even win it," said centre-back Adil Rami, who won the competition with Sevilla in 2016.
"When you get through the group stage, you start to play Liverpool, Shakhtar, good teams who play at the level of the Champions League, that's great."
Probable Marseille line-up: Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Rolando, Sakai; Anguissa, Gustavo; Lopez, Sanson, Payet; Mitroglou
Atalanta - Olympique Lyonnais Group E (kick-off 19:00CET)
Lyon are already through, but victory in Bergamo will see them claim top spot in the group ahead of their Matchday 6 opponents. That would mean a Round of 32 tie with the second leg at home, and a greater chance of reaching the final, which will be played at the Groupama Stadium.
Regardless of the stakes, coach Bruno Genesio will also dip into his squad.
"I have the intention of using as many players as possible before the winter break and the end of the season. That's also how a squad must be," said the OL boss, who is set to give Jordan Ferri, Tanguy Ndombele, Ferland Mendy and Rafael starts.
Probable Lyon line-up: Lopes; Rafael, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy; Ferri, Ndombele; Cornet, Fekir, Depay; Mariano Diaz
Vitesse Arnhem - OGC Nice Group K (kick-off 21:05CET)
Wylan Cyprien's is included in the visitors' squad and could make his first competitive appearance since rupturing knee ligaments last March. However, with his side already assured of second place in Group K, boss Lucien Favre will give a number of unfamiliar, young faces a taste of European football having left eight of the ten outfield players who featured against FC Metz last weekend at home, including Mario Balotelli. Dante, who was suspended for the Week 16 encounter, will captain the side in the Netherlands.
Probable Nice line-up: Cardinale; Burner, Dante, Sarr, Coly; Koziello, Cyprien, Makengo; Srarfi, Plea, Lusamba