Marseille vs AEK Athens Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips – 26 October 2023

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AEK Athens currently sit top of Group B, after an impressive victory at Brighton and a home draw with Ajax, and will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to Marseille in the Europa League on Thursday.

Marseille, meanwhile, have drawn their first two games and the group remains wide open.

Team News

Marseille’s first-choice goalkeeper Pau Lopez and right-back Jonathan Clauss both suffered muscle injuries in their 1-0 defeat at Nice on Saturday and are set to be replaced by Ruben Blanco and Amir Murillo respectively.

Joaquin Correa and Samuel Gigot are doubtful for the hosts, while Pape Gueye is suspended.

AEK Athens are expected to recall Djibril Sidibe at right-back at the expense of Lazaros Rota, while centre-back Harold Moukoudi and midfielder Nordin Amrabat are both also pushing for starts after not featuring in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Asteras Tripolis.

Match Odds

Marseille are the favourites for this clash at 8/13. A draw is priced at 11/4 and AEK Athens can be backed at 18/5.

Both teams to score is available at 4/6, while over 2.5 goals is on offer at the same price.

Over 3.5 goals, which has occurred in both of Marseille’s group matches so far and in one of AEK’s, is better value at 13/8.

Draw @ 11/4

Following two successive draws to begin their Group B campaign, Marseille will be after a victory on home soil to move above Thursday’s opponents AEK, but they could be frustrated by the dangerous Greek outfit.

The French giants came from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with Ajax, before they then threw away a 2-0 lead of their own as Brighton stormed back to earn a point on matchday two.

Gennaro Gattuso has managed just one win in his four games in charge so far and Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Nice has left them eighth in the Ligue 1 table, eight points off leaders Monaco.

Gattuso clearly has issues to resolve but Marseille are at least unbeaten in their last four matches at home and it may be they have to settle for another draw against an AEK side that have won their last two Greek Super League matches 3-0.

Those comfortable victories over Panaitolikos and Asteras Tripolis leave them third domestically and their eye-catching 3-2 success at Premier League Brighton in their group opener, followed up by a home draw with Ajax, has showcased their European credentials in a tight section.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime @ 5/4

Former Arsenal and Chelsea forward Aubameyang has already scored twice in the Europa League for Marseille this season, having netted a brace against Ajax.

The 34-year-old has been in good form in the past month too, picking up an assist in the 3-2 defeat at Monaco before notching a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Le Havre.

The Gabon international has a wealth of experience in big games in Europe and with 309 senior career goals from 619 games, Marseille will hope to rely on him in the final third again on Thursday.