Marseille will enjoy ‘home’ advantage in the Europa League final, which will take place in Lyon on May 16, but Atletico Madrid will nonetheless start the game as a strong favourite with the bookmakers after another masterclass in winning two-legged continental matches. Check out our Marseille vs Atletico predictions and see if Olympique can stop Simeone's men.
1. Europa League 2018 Final Preview
Diego Simeone’s men despatched Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate with the archetypal European display: stealing an away goal in the first leg and then keeping a clean sheet on home soil in the second.
It was Diego Costa’s deft finish that sealed the deal – a player no stranger to haunting Arsenal after his time with Chelsea, and Simeone’s side will be strongly fancied to finally lift some continental silverware after coming so close twice in the Champions League in recent years.
As for Marseille, this is their first European final in over a decade, and their older supporters will remember their team’s incredible Champions League triumph (or the European Cup as it was known back then) in 1993.
They did things the hard way in reaching the climax to the Europa League, however. They would have fancied a relative stroll against Red Bull Salzburg in their semi-final second leg after gaining a 2-0 cushion in the first, but the Austrians hit back with a 2-0 win of their own on home soil to force the tie into extra time.
After a fraught 15 minutes or so it was the Portuguese defender, Rolando, who side-footed home Dimitri Payet’s corner to send the away fans into raptures.
The scene is set for a thrilling final then with Atletico the obvious favourites but Marseille enjoying strong support on French soil. Who will prevail?
2. Marseille vs Atletico 1X2 Odds
Every bookmaker across the board is offering odds-on prices for Atletico to win this Europa League final within 90 minutes; 1.95 are about the best odds available.
Marseille are the clear outsiders at 4.78, while the draw at the final whistle is available at 3.44.
3. Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
One of the most obvious factors that springs to mind when analysing this match is Atletico’s rich pedigree in European showpiece occasions.
They have twice reached the Champions League final, losing to neighbours Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, and they have won the European Super Cup on two separate occasions. Add in wins of the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup – and remember this is a club with a low turnover of players in recent times – and we can suggest that Atleti are perfectly placed to prosper in major finals.
As mentioned, this is the first time that Marseille have appeared in a cup final of note for quite some time, and it would be fair to say that for some of their players this will be the biggest match of their lives. How will the pressure affect them?
Simeone sets up the Madrid outfit in such a way that makes them very hard to break down – they have kept 12 consecutive clean sheets at home, as one example of that – and with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann – for whom this final could be his Atletico swansong – in attack they have every chance of sneaking the winning goal.
And for that reason, Atleti are excellent value at 1.95 to win this Europa League final.
A journey last started last July ends in Lyon in a few weeks’ time with Atletico Madrid vs Marseille meeting in the Europa League final. Who will end their season on a high? The closer the match gets, the more Marseille vs Atletico betting tips will be posted on our website, so don't forget to check them out!