Wed, May 9, 6:12pm by Staff Writer
Marseille and Atletico Madrid will battle it out to be crowned as winners of the 2018 Europa League. Having dropped out of the Champions League at the end of the group stages, it became apparent that Atletico were going to be one of the top sides to beat to win the tournament. Whilst Marseille have toiled throughout the Europa League finishing 2nd in their group.
The final will be played in the French city of Lyon giving Marseille home country advantage even though both sides will wear their home coloured shirts. It will be hugely important for Marseille fans to rally around their side and make the most of the final taking place in France as they come up against the favourites to win the Europa League.
Despite struggling for consistency in the group stages, Marseille found their groove by the knockout stages. Comfortably getting the better of Braga, Athletic Bilbao, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg to reach the final. Although it took an extra time winner from Rolando to get them over the line in the semi-final against RB Salzburg.
Having reached the final twice before Marseille will be hoping that they can go one better on home soil but are up against it priced at $4.50.
Two-time winners of the Europa League, Atletico Madrid pose a formidable threat to Marseilles aspirations. The Spanish giants have previously won this competition in 2010 and 2012 and will be looking to add a third.
The disappointment of dropping out of the Champions League at the first hurdle has not deterred Atletico from giving their all in this tournament. It has in the past been seen as far inferior trophy to win, but the high standard of recent winners includes not just Atletico, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Sevilla.
Priced at $1.67, Atletico are clear favourites heading into the final. Although they will be wary of the threat that Marseille could pose. The La Liga side cruised through the knockout stages and in the process ended Arsenal’s hopes of a fairy tale send off for their manager Arsene Wenger. It did, however, set up a potential farewell for their players.
This match could well be the last time that Atletico fans see a number of their stars as Fernando Torres will be leaving whilst speculation continues to grow surrounding Antoine Griezmann. The iconic attacking duo has been bolstered this season with the return of Diego Costa and they have been lethal in front of goal.
Atletico hold the upper hand in terms of star quality in their squad, yet Marseille will be a dangerous and unpredictable side to take on in their home country. This game is shaping up to be a spectacular Europa League final.
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