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Salzburg v Marseille background

Salzburg will bid to shut up shop at home again in Group I, with Marseille coming to Austria looking to improve on a trio of 2017 European away draws.

Salzburg's Munas Dabbur pictured on matchday one
Salzburg's Munas Dabbur pictured on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

Salzburg will hope their excellent defensive record at home continues in UEFA Europa League Group I as Marseille arrive in Austria looking to improve on a trio of 2017 European away draws.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.

• Salzburg's record in four meetings with French sides is W2 D0 L2 (W1 L1 at home).

• Marseille's record in four games against Austrian clubs is W2 D1 L1 (W1 L1 in Austria).

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Form guide
• Salzburg have conceded just once in their last four European home games (W3 D1).

• Marseille are unbeaten in Europe this season (W3 D2) and have drawn all three of their UEFA away games in 2017.

• Austrian champions Salzburg, the 1994 UEFA Cup runners-up, missed the cut in last year's UEFA Europa League group stage, ending a run of three successful attempts to reach the knockouts.

• Fifth in France last term, Marseille last featured in the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2015/16 when they made it to the round of 32, eventually losing to Athletic Club.

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Links and trivia
• The journey from Marseille to Salzburg is around 800km.

• Along with FCSB, Salzburg are in a record seventh UEFA Europa League group stage. They are the only team to record a maximum 18 points twice (2009/10 and 2013/14).

• Salzburg won last season's UEFA Youth League, beating Benfica in the final under current first-team coach Marco Rose.

• Marseille's Adil Rami won the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League with Sevilla.

• Salzburg's Xaver Schlager turns 20 on the day of the game.

• On-loan Salzburg defender Jérôme Onguéné started his senior career in France with Sochaux; he was playing in the reserves while Marseille goalkeeper Yoann Pelé (2014-15) was in the senior side.

The coaches
• Previously youth-team boss, Marco Rose stepped up to the Salzburg helm after predecessor Óscar García left in June. A defender with home-town club Leipzig, Hannover and Mainz, he has been on Salzburg's staff since 2013.

• Marseille coach since 2016, Rudi Garcia started out as a midfielder at Lille, returning to lead the club from 2008–13 – and masterminding their domestic double in 2010/11. He subsequently spent three seasons in charge at Roma.