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Marseille vs Villarreal Tips and Predictions

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
5 March 2024, 13:48

The first playoff match between these two sees both teams in an ambiguous state of mind. It would seem that the teams have different ambitions and tasks for this season, but they have a lot in common this season. Both teams are extremely unsuccessful in playing in the domestic championships, Marseille is in 7th place, while Villarreal is in 12th place. Both Marseille and Villareal have already replaced three head coaches this season. More interestingly, the current coach of the Spanish club was the head coach of Marseille previously this season. At the same, the weekend's solid performance brought hopes to the fans of both teams but it is unclear whether those were fortunate circumstances or the start of the structural reforms.

Marseille vs. Villarreal Preview 

Marseille Preview

Despite all the internal problems, Marseille was victorious on the weekend, beating Clermont 5-1 and showing a solid game despite all the criticism. The task of getting into the Champions League zone is still achievable, given that the season is far from being over and the gap from the third-placed Monaco is only 6 points. At the same time, Marseille looks formidable when it comes to the Velodrome matches under the UEFA framework. In the last 16 European home matches, Marseille won 10, with only 2 defeats and 4 draws. Jean-Louis Gasset acknowledges the existing problems, but the French have necessary resources and courage to overcome them.

Villarreal Preview 

Villarreal's low place in the table is a consequence of their failed defence. Villarreal have already conceded 49 goals, only the two main outsiders of the season, Granada and Almeria, conceded more. The Spaniards finished only 3 games out of 27 in the championship without conceding goals which indicates the depth of the problem for the Yellow Submarine. Surprisingly, Villareal also secured a 5-1 win in the weekend, defeating sinking Granada in La Liga. Marcelinho is well-aware that the season in La Liga is mostly done, given the comfortable advantage over the relegation zone and no chances to get into top-6. Keeping this in mind, the most important goal for Villareal is to replicate the Europa League success from 2021.

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Best odds: Marseille vs Villarreal

Betting Tips for Marseille vs. Villarreal

Both Teams To Score

Both Marseille and Villareal showed during the weekend that their attacking capabilities are in good shape. At the same time, the defensive cohesiveness of both are questionable, especially in the light of the defenders’ injuries.  Marseille have Samuel Gigot and Michael Murillo unavailable for this match, while Villarreal will miss Raul Albiol and Juan Foyth. Unibet gives 1.71 for this Marseille vs Villareal prediction.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Score at Any Time

Aubameyang, despite a seeming sunset of his career, still proves to be worthy in the UEFA Europa League. He is the best goalscorer in the history of this tournament with 31 goals, surpassing the legendary Radamel Falcao (30 goals) in the last match against Shakhtar. Gabonian is a valuable contributor to Marseille's attack this season, with 9 goals and 7 assists in 24 matches. His experience and manoeuvrability can prove to be decisive in the upcoming clash. Marseille vs. Villareal odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.10.

Total Yellow Cards Over 4.5

Serdar Gözübüyük is going to be the referee for the upcoming match. On average, he gives 4.4 yellow cards per match and given the fighting spirit of both teams, a lot of fouls and heated confrontations can be expected. Unibet gives 1.91 for this Marseille vs. Villareal tip.

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