Olympique de Marseille preview

Olympique de Marseille

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Stade de Lyon

16/05/2018 | 7:45 pm

Atletico Madrid preview

Atlético Madrid

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Stade de Lyon

16/05/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Marseille and Atletico Madrid go head to head in Wednesday night’s final, read our Europa League preview to see who comes out on top. 

Last time: They last faced each other in the group stages of the 2008-09 Champions League, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw in France. 

This time: Atletico are favourites to win the competition after disposing of Arsenal in the semi-finals, with a win at 8/13. Marseille are at 5/1 to win and a draw is 13/5.

You might remember: The winner of this game receives a place in next season’s Champions League, check out our Europa League predictions to see who will make it. 

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Antoine Griezmann could be a key man in the Europa League final, when Atletico Madrid take on French outfit Marseille

Atletico are favourites in this game for a reason, as they have impressed in La Liga and in the Europa League this season. 

Marseille have also looked good, but their games have tended to be very open and filled with goals. Against a stubborn defence like Atletico’s, they will not have as many opportunities to score. 

That miserly rearguard is likely to be the key in this final, with the Spanish side conceding just three goals in their last six games.

If you are looking for a non result-based option here, under 2.5 goals comes in at 23/20, and is one of the stronger football betting tips and predictions for this match. 

Marseille do  have a strong attacking line-up, but Diego Simeone’s side have seen off Arsenal, Sporting Lisbon, Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen en route to the final, and it would be a brave football prediction to go against them on Wednesday. 

With that in mind, an Atletico Madrid win with under 2.5 total goals scored is available at 9/4. 

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Diego Costa was the hero for Atleti in the second leg of their semi-final, with Antoine Griezmann the main man in the first leg. Both players have scored key goals domestically and in Europe for Atletico this year, and they may have a big say in this final.

Costa to score first is 9/2, and Griezmann is at 10/3 to net first, both profitable football predictions. 

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We fancy:

Simeone will set his side up to be hard to beat, as always, and despite Marseille’s impressive semi-final showing against RB Salzburg, they are vulnerable at the back.

Atletico have made a habit of 1-0 wins this season, but for something different in your football score predictions, go for them to win 2-0, at 6/1. 

 

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It’s a long shot, but...

Marseille have two former Premier League players flying high for them at the moment, skipper Dimitri Payet and former Newcastle man Florian Thauvin.

Thauvin has netted 25 goals in all competitions for the French side this season, and he is at 7/1 to score first. 

Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.