Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview, Odds and Betting Predictions
The Europa League final will be staged in France with Marseille making the short-trip to Parc Olympique Lyonnais on May 16th to face Atletico Madrid. The game will get underway at 7.45pm.
The winner of the contest will compete in the UEFA Super Cup and also gain automatic qualification to the 2018-19 Champions League. Atleti are regulars in European finals and have vast experience and therefore deservedly start as odds-on favourites.
The game will be broadcast on Eir Sport in Ireland and will be watched by football fans around the world.
Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands has been chosen to referee the Europa League final.
Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview
After dropping out of the Champions League, Atletico Madrid were always expected to reach the latter stages of this competition. They have been defensively imperious throughout and their 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano against Arsenal typified their confidence and defensive prowess.
They had previously beaten Sporting Lisbon and Lokomotiv Moscow en-route to the final four and they have looked impressive in every single match so far. Diego Simeone will be forced to watch this game from the stands as he continues to serve a touchline ban.
Marseille needed an extra time goal to secure their place in the final as they beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate. They had previously triumphed against RB Leipzig and Athletic Bilbao and despite their struggles on the road, they have looked dangerous going forward and have a number of flare players including Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet.
Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Betting Predictions
Atletico’s vast experience in this competition has seen them installed as odds-on favourites for this game. They wil be fancied by many punters but Marseille should not be underestimated and they are essentially on home soil here.
The French club can be backed at 9/2 with Boylesports and for a game of this magnitude, that looks a huge price. For those who aren’t confident of them completing the job inside 90 minutes, they can be backed at 21/10 to lift the trophy.
This match could be a tense, cagey affair and Atletico don’t give much away. Both teams are not expected to find the net in this clash.
Both Teams to Score? No can be backed at 7/10 and looks a sensible play.
Europa League Final Statistics
Spanish clubs have a great record in this competition and Atletico were the first ever winners of the Europa League following its rebranding by UEFA. Sevilla have triumphed on five different occasions with the La Liga outfit last lifting the trophy in 2016. Atleti have won the Europa League on two occasions with their last success arriving in 2012. Real Madrid have also lifted the trophy twice.
No French side has ever been successful in the Europa League and Marseille could make history with a victory here. Four French teams have reached the final but each of the quartet have failed to lift the trophy.
Head to Head Record
There have only ever been two meetings between these sides and both of them came in this competition. Atleti won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Raul Garcia before the two teams played out a goalless draw two months later.
16. Yohann Pele
18. Jordan Amavi
23. Adil Rami
10. Dimitri Payet
19. Luiz Gustavo
17. Bouna Sarr
5. Lucas Ocampos
8. Morgan Sanson
28. Valere Germain
26. Florian Thauvin
27. Maxime Lopez
13. Jan Oblak
2. Diego Godin
24. Jose Giminez
8. Saul Niguez
19. Lucas Hernandez
5. Thomas Partey
18. Diego Costa
7. Antoine Griezmann