Friday, September 21, 2018

Atletico Madrid 4/6 to beat Marseille in Wednesdays Europa League final

Competition: Europa League

Market: Atletico Madrid to beat Marseille

Odds: 4/6 @ Bet365

Atletico Madrid and Marseille face off in the Europa League final on Wednesday with both boasting notable European pedigree.

Just making the journey cross country to Lyon, Rudi Garcia’s Marseille side has enjoyed a far more productive season after the former European powerhouses only secured a 13th place finish two years ago. With Champions League football and a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 now confirmed, Marseille will know that they must drastically turn around their away record in Europe this year. They have only managed one win all season away from home in the Europa League. If the Blues are going to cause an upset on Wednesday night then the 1993 Champions League winners will be needing former West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet to carry on his recent run of form. Since switching East London for the Stade Vélodrome, the 31-year-old has nine goals to his name and also has eight assists in his last seven outings.

Although there is still much speculation surrounding the future of several of Atletico’s most notable stars, Los Rojiblancos have enjoyed an impressive year since a disappointing Champions League run saw them crash out at the Group Stage. Now just a single domestic game from wrapping up second spot in La Liga, the 2010 Europa League winners boasts a stellar defensive record. The Rojiblancos have conceded just 20 goals in La Liga this season, even less than champions Barcelona and arch-rivals Real Madrid. While he has recently hit a small blip in his stellar run of form since the turn of the New Year, French international forward Antoine Griezmann will be returning to his homeland and now has four goals in his eight Europa League matchups this season.

Bet: Atletico Madrid to beat Marseille in Wednesdays Europa League final 4/6 @ Bet365>>

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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