On Thursday night, Marseille and Ajax clash at the Stade Velodrome in Group B of the Europa League.Marseille form guide
OM are enjoying a slightly inconsistent campaign so far this season. A 1-1 draw at Strasbourg at the weekend means that Marseille have won just once in their previous four games in all competitions.
The game was another low-scoring game for the French team, as their last four matches in all competitions have all produced under 2.5 goals.
So far, one of the high points of Marseille’s season has been their Europa League campaign, as OM are unbeaten in Group B, having recorded two draws and two wins.
Gennaro Gattuso’s team has also been prolific of late in the competition, scoring at least two goals in all four of their group games.
Marseille have been difficult to beat on home soil in the Europa League, as they are unbeaten in five home matches in the competition, having recorded two wins and three draws at home.Ajax form guide
The Dutch giants have slightly recovered from their horrendous early season form. However, they still head into this game on the back of one win, one draw and one defeat in their last three games.
Their form in the Europa League has been poor, though, as they have failed to win any of their four group games while picking up just two points in the run. The visitor's poor form in the Europa League has not only started this season, as they have won just once in their last ten games.
Ajax looks unlikely to qualify for the last-16, while even third-place and Europa Conference League football in the new year may be out of reach if they fail to pick up anything from this game.What am I backing?
While Marseille has not been convincing lately, I am backing OM to record a victory and book their place in the competition's last 16.