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Marseille vs Feyenoord Europa Conference League semi-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg between Marseille and Feyenoord.

Marseille's Dimitri Payet takes on Feyenoord's Gernot Trauner during the first leg
Marseille's Dimitri Payet takes on Feyenoord's Gernot Trauner during the first leg AFP via Getty Images

Marseille and Feyenoord meet in the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg on Thursday 5 May.

Marseille vs Feyenoord at a glance

When: Thursday 5 May (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Stade de Marseille, Marseille
What: UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg
How it stands: Feyenoord lead 3-2 after the first leg
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here

Where to watch Marseille vs Feyenoord on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Europa Conference League broadcast partner(s) here.

What happened in the first leg?

Highlights: Feyenoord 3-2 Marseille

Cyriel Dessers and Luis Sinisterra struck within the space of three minutes as Feyenoord made a flying start but they were pegged back by half-time, Bamba Dieng and Gerson bring OM back on terms. However, Arne Slot's side have a lead in the tie thanks to Dessers, who chased forward from the restart and capitalised on an under-hit Duje Ćaleta-Car back-pass to score his tenth goal of the campaign.

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Starting line-ups

Marseille: Mandanda; Rongier, Saliba, Kamara, Peres; Guendouzi, Gueye, Gerson; Harit, Payet, Dieng

Feyenoord: Marciano; Geertruida, Trauner, Senesi, Malacia; Til, Aursnes, Orkun Kökçü; Nelson, Dessers, Sinisterra

Form guide

Form (all competitions, most recent first): LLWWLW
Where they stand: 2nd in French Ligue 1

Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWWWWD
Where they stand: 3rd in Dutch Eredivisie

Away goals rule abolished

There has been a rule change for 2021/22: ties level after the second leg will go to extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required, irrespective of the number of away goals a team has scored.

Expert predictions

Ian Holyman, Marseille reporter
Marseille made individual mistakes in the first leg — at both ends of the pitch — something they'll need to put right to progress. They have the ability to do just that, and will, as Feyenoord did in the first leg, enjoy unflinching backing. Jorge Sampaoli's side are down, but I don't think they're going out.

Derek Brookman, Feyenoord reporter
Emerging as winners from a pulsating, helter-skelter match in Rotterdam has given Arne Slot’s men a huge confidence boost. This is not a team built to sit back and absorb pressure, so expect the Eredivisie side to play as they did in the first leg: pressing all over the pitch and constantly looking to release runners behind the high Marseille defensive line.

What the coaches say

Jorge Sampaoli, Marseille coach: "We need to settle in their half of the pitch, dominate possession and take control of the game. We have done this throughout the season and this is why we are still in the race. If we get angry, we risk jeopardising our rhythm. We have our way of playing, and we have to respect it."

Arne Slot, Feyenoord coach: "There will be times when Marseille are more in control, then we have to defend more than last week. Low defending is part of it but we are not consciously going to hang in front of our goal. If we have to drop far back, we have the right players to strike on the counterattack."

Where is the 2022 Europa Conference League final?

Tirana's Arena Kombëtare will stage the final on Wednesday 25 May.

The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.