After four consecutive draws, OM sank in Istanbul against Galatasaray on the 5th day and can no longer aim for a qualification for the next round of the Europa League. Third in their group E with four points, OM are two units ahead of their evening Moscow opponent and, on the other hand, can qualify for the Europa Conference League in the event of a draw or victory tonight.
Asked yesterday about the stake of the match at a press conference, Jorge Sampaoli assured that he would not serve as a laboratory and that he intended to do everything to win this “final”. According to L’Equipe, the Argentine coach could however blow some executives and in particular relaunch Steve Mandanda in goals, he who has not played a European match this season.
Embarrassed to a thigh lately, Dimitri Payet is in the Marseille group, but could start tonight’s match on the bench while Cengiz Ünder should make his return to the starting lineup after coming into play on the week -end last against Brest.
The probable composition of OM according to L’Equipe: Mandanda – Rongier, Saliba, Alvaro, Peres – Guendouzi, Gueye, Gerson – Ünder, Milik, De La Fuente
If L’Equipe expects a 4-3-3, Provence rather imagines a 4-2-3-1 this evening with in particular Leonardo Balerdi in central defense rather than William Saliba (who has played 20 full matches since the start of the season) , Amine Harit in ten and Bamba Dieng on the left wing. The Provencal daily also sees Pau Lopez start in goal.
The probable composition of OM according to La Provence: Lopez – Rongier, Balerdi, Alvaro, Peres – Kamara Guendouzi – nder, Harit, Dieng – Milik
On the Russian side, Markus Gisdol should align his team in 4-4-2 flat with in particular the former Lyonnais Maciej Rybus at the position of left side, the former Bordelais François Kamano a notch higher and the former Bordelais Pablo Castro in central defense. In the middle, there is an uncertainty regarding the presence or not of the former Caennais Alexis Beka Beka
The probable composition of Lokomotiv: Khudyakov – Nenakhov, Jedvaj, Pablo, Rybus – Kerk, Petrov, Beka Beka, Kamano – Lisakovich, Smolov
The OM-Lokomotiv match will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on W9 and Canal + Sport and can also be followed live on DailyMercato here.