Marseille v Atletico Predictions & Betting Odds – 16th May 201815th May 2018 / lee
Marseille v Atletico UEFA Europa League, 19th May 7.45pm
Wednesday is the final of the UEFA Europa league which is being hosted in Lyon, France. Marseille gets to play on French soil for their first ever UEFA Europa League final but they will be going into the fixture as underdogs against the powerful La Liga side and Atletico Madrid. Can Marseille become the first ever French winner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League or will they find the Spaniards, the two-time winners of the tournament, too much to handle?
Marseille v Atletico Betting Odds*
Atletico Madrid, 3/4, Draw 13/5, Marseille 19/4* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018)
Marseille News and Form
Marseille have been carrying great home form this season in Europe. They have won eight of their nine home games played but they did only take one victory out on the road. Marseille finished in second place in the group stage and then they had to rely on their powerful scoring threats to battle their way past Athletic Bilbao and then RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals. They then had to get past Salzburg in the semi finals the team who had beaten them to top spot in the group stage. Marseille have been to two previous UEFA cup finals 1998/99 and 2003/04 unfortunately they lost both of them though and this is the first time om four Europa league campaigns that they have made it through to the showcase match. They hadn’t been beyond the round of 32 prior to this season’s successful run.
Marseille have been involved in 15 previous matches against Spanish opposition losing eight of those matches but they did take back-to-back wins over Athletic Bilbao in the round of 16. Of those eight previous defeats against Spanish side is one of them was in the 2004 UEFA cup final against Valencia. Marseille have pretty decent current form as well having lost just one of their last six games across all competitions. Even though Marseille have been involved in a lot of high scoring ties during their Europa league campaign more likely than not the pressure of the situation in the final is going to tighten them up a little bit. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). Really the two key men for Marseille is former West Ham man Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin. Overall Marseille have had a really good season both on the domestic and European fronts but can they create a bit of history on Wednesday night?
Atletico News and Form
Atletico will head into Wednesday night’s final as the favourites to win the match. As well as having reached the final of the UEFA Europa League they are also challenging for a second-place finish in La Liga. Atletico have claimed their UEFA Europa league title twice before in 2010 and in 2012 and current boss Diego Simeone was in charge for both of those titles. This will be their ninth major UEFA competition final having won three of their previous eight appearances. Atletico started in the UEFA Champions League this season but couldn’t get the better of Roma and Chelsea and had to take the drop down to the UEFA Europa League. They showed plenty of interest in the tournament though by marching their way through the knockout stages quickly establishing themselves as the favourites to win the title. Atletico scored 17 goals in their eight knockout stage ties on the way to the final. Given that Atletico are well-known for their defence in the bet365 correct score market an Atletico 1-0 option is at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018).
Atletico’s record in Europe this season is W14 D5 L2. They only lost once away from Madrid which was in one-nil defeat in Lisbon against sporting. Atletico have played 12 previous matches against French opposition and from that they have taken a record of W6 D5 L1 so that’s a pretty strong head-to-head lead against French sides. Atletico’s form dropped away a little bit towards the end of the season but they have produced three wins in their last four games across all competitions. Atletico boasts one of Europe’s meanest tightest defences and Atletico to win to nil at bet365 is at 6/4 odds (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). Given that Marseille have only scored three goals in their last nine Europa league away games (90 min) then that betting option does carry some weight. With star man like Antoine Griezmann (who has scored 19 goals in his last 22 games), Diego Costa, Koke and top keeper Jan Oblak in their ranks then the Spaniards have the strength to power their way to the title.
Marseille v Atletico Head to Head
Marseille and Atletico have only met her two previous games which were in the 2008/09 UEFA champions league group stage. Atletico took a home victory over the French side before playing out a goalless draw back in France.
Who will win – Marseille v Atletico Predictions
Marseille have shown some great attacking flair through the competition so far but they will have met a defence quite as tough as Atletico. The Spaniards are such a tough side to break down that they may well grind down their French challengers and sneak their way to victory. Look for an Atletico victory in a game which goes under 2.5 goals.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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