Athletic Bilbao

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San Mamés Barria

15/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

Olympique de Marseille preview

Olympique de Marseille

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San Mamés Barria

15/03/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence:  It is advantage Marseille as the Basque country plays host to a vital last 16 Europa league encounter. However, La Liga Atheltic Bilbao stole a vital away goal to give them a fighting chance with the score locked at 3-1.

Last time: Marseille travelled to the San Mamés in a 2016 Europa League two-legged affair and came away with a 1-1 draw thanks to a certain Michy Batshuayi. Sabin Merino equalised for the Lions which was enough to send them through 2-1 on aggregate.

This time: Athletic Bilbao are 5/4 with Marseille at 2/1 and the draw 5/2.

You might remember: That above 1-1 draw was full of intense action with both sides evenly matched in the race to progress. However, it took until the 81st minute for Athletic to seal the deal with a nervy final ten minutes.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

San Mames is one of the cathedrals of football and always a hard place to visit

One of the sure Europa League predictions for this game is for an intense 90 minutes as Bilbao aim to turnaround a 3-1 deficit. Form has been patchy for both meaning a breakaway for Europa League action could be a welcome distraction. However, with so much on the line, today’s football prediction makes this one of this week’s Europa League’s games you will not want to miss.

Atheltic Bilbao are 5/4 to win the match and that is good value for the home side. Marseille may feel the job is almost done and can even afford to lose the game meaning the impetus is on the home side and they will make that tell.

Marseille are 2/1 to win and despite beating Bilbao 3-1 in the first leg, as we have highlighted in our Europa League preview, home advantage is a vital aspect of any knockout game. Marseille have also lost three of their last four away games including against Braga in the previous round.

The draw is 5/2 and that will send the away side through with a smile. Also, the last time the two met in the San Mames, a draw was the result but that time it sent Bilbao through in a tight affair.

Both teams to score is 7/10 and looks like one of the best football betting tips for the game. The last two matches between the sides have seen both teams score, and Bilbao have only failed to find the back of net once in their last six games whilst Marseille have scored in their last three games in all competitions.

Over 2.5 goals is 17/20 and that is a sensible bet to make. The pair have shared six goals in their last two meetings, but the first leg wielded four alone. With the home side in need of goals, the football score prediction is for a highly entertaining contest

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Late action. Make sure you stay right to the end of this one with one of the football predictions making for plenty of nail-biting drama late in the game. Bilbao left it until the 81st minute last time to go through and with a place in the quarter-finals on the line, expect another late show.

A goal to be scored after 73:59 is 5/6 and that is one of the best football predictions and prices you are likely to get.

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We fancy:

Athletic Bilbao to win and for over 2.5 goals in the game is at 5/2 and offers the best match winner value out there.

Home advantage will prove crucial but even the win may not prove enough for the Spaniards.

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It’s a long shot, but:

For Bilbao to repeat Marseille’s winning scoreline of 3-1 is 16/1.

If that happens then extra time will ensue which will be a delight for the neutrals.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!