atletico 150The Europa League takes place on Wednesday when Marseille clash with Atletico Madrid, Lyon is the venue and Atletico are the bookmakers favourites.

 

 

Marseille:

Marseille edged past Salzburg in the semi finals with a 3-2 aggregate win. The French side looked to be in control after winning the first leg 2-0 on home turf but Salzburg hit back in the return, taking the tie into extra time despite finishing the game with 10 men. Marseille scored the decisive goal just 4 minutes before the end to book their ticket to the final.

Earlier knockout rounds saw Marseille come through 5-3 on aggregate against RB Leipzig, they also beat Athletic Bilbao home and away for a 5-3 aggregate win and Sporting Braga were seen off 3-1 over the course of 2 legs.

In Ligue 1 Marseille are in fourth spot but they do have the second and third placed sides in range with 1 round of matches to go.

Atletico Madrid:

Atleitco ended Arsenal’s Europa League hopes with a 2-1 aggregate win in the semi finals. Diego Costa scored the only goal of the second leg in Madrid after Atletico had dug in for a 1-1 draw in London despite playing the bulk of the game with 10 men.

Atleitco joined this competition in the first knockout round after surprisingly failing to qualify from their Champions League group. They started their run to the final with a 5-1 aggregate win over FC Copenhagen and they also won home and away against Lokomotiv Moscow (8-1 agg). In the quarter finals they came through with a 2-1 aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon, winning 2-0 at home before losing 1-0 in Portugal.

In La Liga Atletico remain a distant second to title winners Barcelona but they are 3 points clear of third placed Real Madrid with 1 round of matches to go.

Head to Head

09/12/08 UCL Marseille 0-0 Atletico

01/10/08 UCL Atletico 2-1 Marseille

Recent Europa League Finals

2017 Ajax 0-2 Man United

2016 Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla

2015 Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla

2014 Sevilla 0-0 Benfica (Sevilla won on pens)

2013 Benfica 1-2 Chelsea

The Betting

Match Result: (90 mins) Bet Now

Marseille 9/2

Draw 53/20

Atletico 13/20

Note, odds quoted are an approximate average and are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change

Verdict:

With such a strong defence and the likes of Griezmann and Costa up front I fancy Atletico have enough to get the job done with a clean sheet and a couple of options are taken in the correct score market over 90 minutes.

Bet: Atletico win 1-0 at 5/1

Atletico to win 2-0 at 25/4

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*Note, every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the stats but errors may occur from time to time.

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