UEFA Europa League

OM face tough test in Turkey

Publish on 25/11/2021 at 10:30

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An OM side looking to break a run of four draws face a tough test away to UEFA Europa League Group E leaders Galatasaray, while Group A winners Lyon travel to Bröndby and Monaco look to stitch up top spot in Group B. Rennes have the same mission in Conference League Group G.

UEFA Europa League Matchday 5

Group E

Galatasaray - Olympique de Marseille


- Kick-off at 18:45 CET (17:45 GMT)

Jorge Sampaoli's Marseille would have been hoping for better preparation for their trip to Istanbul, but have no choice but to move on from Sunday night's Olympico in Lyon, abandoned after OM playmaker Dimitri Payet was hit in the head with a water bottle.

"We had to turn the page quickly," said Sampaoli in his pre-match presser after confirming that Payet had not made the trip to Turkey. "Dimitri's absence will change things but we won't worry too much about the names of our starting XI - it's more about the system. We need to win and find a way to disrupt the game of this very aggressive Galatasaray side. This match is pretty much our last chance in the competition."

Without a win so far in the UEFA Europa League campaign, OM sit third with four points, trailing second-placed Lazio on five and leaders Galatasaray on eight, and Sampaoli is tipped to go all-out for the three points with an aggressive 3-2-4-1 formation. Droit au but!

Group A

Bröndby IF - Olympique Lyonnais

- Kick-off at 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT)

With four wins from as many matches so far this campaign, Peter Bosz's Lyon have already stitched up top spot in Group A and the Dutchman is thus tipped to rotate his squad for the trip to Danish side Bröndby despite his side's having their weekend clash at home to Marseille abandoned.

Jérôme Boateng has not made the trip to Copenhagen while Lucas Paqueta, Jason Denayer, Maxence Caqueret and Karl Toko Ekambi will all be on the bench as OL look to prepare for a tough Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 15 trip to Montpellier at the weekend.

Group B

AS Monaco - Real Sociedad


- Kick-off at 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT)

A win at home to Sociedad will be enough for Monaco to top Group B, but it would also be a valuable shot in the arm for Niko Kovac's men, who had to battle back from two goals down to draw with LOSC at the Stade Louis II on Friday night.

Winless in three matches in Ligue 1 Uber Eats (one defeat), Monaco are undefeated in Europe this season and will be hoping to go one better than the 1-1 draw in San Sebastian when Sociedad come calling on Thursday.

Kovac has a full-strength side to call on for the task, and is tipped to field the strike duo of Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland, who have been starting to rekindle their deadly duo status in recent weeks.

 

UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 5

Group G

Stade Rennais FC - Vitesse Arnhem


- Kick-off at 18:45 CET (17:45 GMT)

Rennes have been on fire in Ligue 1 Uber Eats of late - the Brittany club sit in third place on the back of an unbeaten run of eight matches (five wins) - and will be out to take that form continental and clinch top spot in Group G when Dutch side Vitesse come calling at Roazhon Park.

However, club top scorer Gaëtan Laborde and weekend goal-getter Martin Terrier are tipped to be rested ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 Uber Eats Round 15 Brittany derby in Lorient, but Croatian midfield revelation Lovro Majer should take the field looking to feed a front three of Benjamin Bourigeaud, Serhou Guirassy and Ghanaian dribble meister Kamaldeen Sulemana.