European Cup: for suspenseful returns, OM and Lyon count their absentees … Presentation and probable compositions


The last French clubs involved in European competitions this season, Lyon, in the Europa League, and Marseille, in the Europa Conference League, are playing in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Respectively against West Ham and PAOK Salonika, OL and OM are deprived of important elements.

OM and OL are aiming for a European Cup semi-final this Thursday

Lyon and Marseille have an appointment with Europe this Thursday (9 p.m.). Claimants to the final victory, respectively in the Europa League and the Europa League Conference, the Lyonnais and the Marseillais will try to win their qualification for the semi-finals.

Lyon will have to be more efficient

Disappointing 10th in Ligue 1, OL are betting almost everything on the Europa League at the end of the season. But, after a frustrating draw in the first leg (1-1), Les Gones won’t have an easy job against West Ham. In numerical superiority throughout the second period a week ago, the men of Peter Bosz had not managed to take over the 6th in the Premier League despite their domination (68% possession, 23 shots 5). Will they be able to tonight?

Often it’s easy to say ‘you have to score’, but when you have so many chances… We can do some things better , declared the Lyon coach to the press. Lyon will have to do better in the last gesture in particular. In the first leg, the Lyonnais had only scored 3 of their 23 attempts. Without his attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta, sick, nor his goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, injured, Bosz will have to review his starting lineup. Romain Faivre could be preferred Houssem Aouar behind Moussa Dembl, leaving the right lane to rookie Tet.

Probable teams:

Lyons: Pollersbeck – Dubois, Denayer, Lukeba – Emerson – Thiago Mendes, Ndombele – Tet, Faivre, Toko Ekambi, Dembl.

West Ham: Areola – Fredericks, Diop, Dawson, Johnson – Soucek, Rice, Fornals – Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma.

A boiling return for OM

At the end of the season, OM are showing their objectives: to finish on the podium in Ligue 1 and win the Europa League Conference. If the first is on the right track, with a 2nd place and 7 points ahead of the 4th, the outcome is more uncertain on the European scene. Failing to have completely concretized their wide domination in the first leg (2-1), the Marseillais offered themselves a perilous trip against the boiling public of PAOK Salonika.

Apparently, there is a very warm atmosphere here but we play football to experience moments like that, to play in stadiums like that. It’s up to us to keep our calm, our srnit, to maintain our advantage in the first leg , warned goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who will make a third start in a row. His trainer Jorge Sampaoli will have to compose without Gerson, Boubacar Kamara and Bamba Dieng, suspended, but also without Arkadiusz Milik, still injured. Dimitri Payet could be aligned at the forefront, surrounded by Cengiz nder and Amine Harit.

Probable teams:

PAOK: Paschalakis – Lyratzis, Ingason, Crespo, Vieirinha – Augusto, Kurtic – Zivkovic, El-Kaddouri, Biseswar – Akpom.

Marseilles: Mandanda – Lirola, Saliba, Caleta-Car, Peres – Rongier, Gueye, Guendouzi – nder, Payet, Harit.

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