Analysis, Betting Tips & Prediction for Europa League on 16/05/2018. Will Atletico live up to the role of favourite?
At the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, the final of the Europa League will take place on Wednesday when the game is between Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille takes place. The Spaniards are the favourites in the game and can look back on proper endgame experience. However, Olympique Marseille should not be underestimated, as the Garcia-Elf around top scorer Thauvin is currently in strong form.
For the last time in 2004, Olympique Marseille reached a final at European level, losing 2:0 to Valencia at the UEFA Cup final. 14 years later, it should now work with the title and optimistic for the strong form of the French vote. Four wins and three draws, Rudi Garcia's side have not been unbeaten in seven games in Ligue 1, and should, therefore, reach the final with a big chest. However, the defensive staggers, since Marseille has conceded at least one goal in 17 of the last 19 competitive encounters.
That the “Atleti” made it to the final, is not surprising in view of the recent past. It seems now a golden rule in European football to be that Atletico Madrid denies a final every two years. In 2010 and 2012, the Europa League was won, while in 2014 and 2016 each gave bitter final defeats in the "Premier Class". The endgame experience should, however, be a first advantage of the Madrites. In addition, the Spaniards lost on international stage in this season only two of their last 14 encounters, while there were seven wins so far. The duels with Olympique Marseille came last year in the Champions League when Atletico remained unbeaten twice with a win and a draw. Also, currently Atletico Madrid is in a good shape, won three of their last four games to nil.
Atletico Madrid is too strong for Olympique Marseille with their top players and experience after 90 minutes.
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