In a classic game between two traditional clubs, Feyenoord host Olympique de Marseille as they targeted European glory. Despite the time clash with Europa League, the first-ever European Conference League has been successful with its special storylines. And one of the semi-finals will see two former European Cup champions clash to be part of a historic final.
Feyenoord is back to third in Eredivisie after three successive wins
At the end of last month, Feyenoord nearly dent Ajax’s title aspirations at Johan Cruyff Arena. But the league leaders secured a sensational win with a late foray as Erik ten Hag’s bid to farewell Ajax with the league title continued in a memorable derby.
Since then, Arne Slot’s side won each of their three games in April. Only Ajax and PSV are ahead of the standings, and Feyenoord went further out of all Dutch clubs in Europe as they reached a European semi-final for the very first time since their 2000/01 success in this competition.
In 16 Conference League games, Feyenoord only lost once when Swedish side Elfesborg’s 3-1 success didn’t overturn a first-leg 5-0 scoreline. Feyenoord scored three or more goals in each of their last four Conference League games.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Thursday 28th April 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport.
Marseille all but secured second place in Ligue 1
Jorge Sampaoli had as many as six changes from last week when they traveled to Stade Reims for the final match of the 34th Ligue 1 matchday. In the end, the substitutes Dimitri Payet and Gerson did the hard work for another three points in the bag.
Payet didn’t succeed in scoring his 100th Ligue 1 goal, but his sublime assist was converted by the Brazilian magician as Marseille maintained their six points lead over flamboyant Rennes and resurgent Monaco.
It was Marseille’s 11th away win of the season. Yet they will face a tricky test against Olympique Lyonnais on the weekend, and games against Rennes and Strasbourg await them in the final two weeks of the campaign.
Three red cards and three Feyenoord goals in 1999
Feyenoord and Marseille were seeded together in the 1999-2000 Champions League group stage. The game in France ended goalless, but there were three red cards in the reverse match with Feyenoord winning 3-0. However, both sides were eliminated from the group stage consisting of Lazio and Chelsea.
Feyenoord & Olympique de Marseille Team News
Jens Toornstra, Justin Bijlow and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are out of the game due to injuries. Cole Bassett isn’t part of Slot’s squad for the Conference League.
For the same reason, Luis Henrique is unavailable as he’s also expected to leave the club in the summer. Cedric Bakambu was a late absentee to the side that traveled to Reims, and he could also miss this one like Konrad de la Fuente and Leonardo Balerdi.
A tactical battle between two exciting squads
This is the only chance for both sides to end the season with a trophy. And it’s a European trophy with a historic first year of the tournament also adds flavor to the competition. Feyenoord’s success could help Eredivisie push in the European coefficient table while Marseille is the only French side in the semi-final of the three European competitions.
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