Lokomotiv vs Marseille: prediction for the Europa League match
Lokomotiv put up a terrible performance in the first match of the season - Marko Nikolic's team was heavily beaten by Zenit (0:3) in the Russian Super Cup. But that failure didn't affect team's motivation. Railwaymen improved their performance and now they are competing for the title of Russian Premier League.
After seven rounds Lokomotiv are at the third spot in the standings with 15 points, losing to second-placed Sochi only on tiebreakers, Zenit are two points ahead. In the most recent match Lokomotiv recorded a 2:0 victory over Krylya Sovetov at home - Railwaymen are currently at the seven-game unbeaten streak.
In the previous season Marseille failed to put up a fight for a Champions League spot - White-Blues finished the season on a fifth spot, losing to Monaco by 18 points. Before the start of the new season Provencals strengthened the squad in an attempt to fight for Top-3. Team started the season with a great result.
In the first match of the season Marseille recorded an away victory over Montpellier (3:2). In the second round Bordeaux managed to put up a surprise and held the Southerners to 2:2 draw at Velodrome. It is the only match of the season, in which Jorge Sampaoli's side dropped points. After that team recorded victories over Saint-Etienne (3:1) and Monaco (2:0) and climbed up to the third spot in the standings.
Marseille also have a game in hand - match against Nice was postponed, so Provencals have a chance to climb higher.
Two out of four most recent matches of Lokomotiv ended with that score
In three out of four most recent home matches of Lokomotiv they scored in the second half
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Lokomotiv got off to a good start of the season, but they are not looking confident - despite a 2:0 score, victory over Krylya Sovetov was not so flawless. It will extremely difficult to secure a victory over an experienced Marseille. Provencals are in a great form, so they will play for a win and Frenchmen have a great chance.
We think that visitors have more chances for a victory. Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) on Marseille
Prediction: Handicap (0) on Marseille
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Marseille are looking powerful in recent matches - even without a number of key players Provencals recorded a confident victory over Monaco in the last game. It is obvious that White-Blues are a better team, plus Sampaoli has already found a connection with his players, so French side should be able to record a victory.
Our second bet will be on Marseille to win by one goal