KV Ostende - OM | Four reasons to believe it

29 jul 2017
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Olympique de Marseille is halfway through. Here are some reasons to feel encouraged (with Opta).

Super Valère
Valère Germain scored his first three goals for his first official match in his new colours, 8187 days after his father's last goal at Olympique de Marseille. He scored his 5th, 6th et 7th goals at European level, in his 20th continental match. This is also the first hat trick of his career in an official competition. He is the first Olympian player to score a hat trick in European competition since André-Pierre Gignac, which was on November 3, 2010, in the Champions League against MSK Zilina. Up against Oostende, Super Valère has attempted 8 shots (inclusing one off the post), more than any other player. He also scored five shots on Thursday night, more than the entire Oostende team (4 shots scored).


Advantage OM
68% of the teams having won 4-2 at home and go in European competition qualified (54/79). OM have only lost one of their last 6 matches in European competition (4 wins, 1 draw), it was against Athletic Bilbao on 18 February 2016. OM had not scored 4 goals or more at home in European competition since 4th October 2012 (5-2 v AEL Limassol in the group stage of the Europa League 2012/13).


Starting Out
Morgan Sanson scored his first goal in his first European Cup match with his only shot of the game. Maxime Lopez has been the decisive passer for 3 of the last 7 of Marseille's goals in every competitions. Florian Thauvin has been involved in 10 of the last 19 of OM's goals across all competitions (6 goals, 4 assists).


Belgian History
OM have lost only one of their seven European matches against a Belgian club (2-4 on the pitch of Union Saint-Gilloise in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1962/63), with 4 wins and 2 draws. Marseille had not conceded a goal against a Belgian club in European competition since its defeat against Union Saint-Gilloise in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on October 17, 1962 (2-4).

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