Atletico are warm favourites to continue Spain’s dominance of the European trophies with victory over Marseille in Lyon.
Spanish clubs have won seven of the last eight European pots and could make it nine out of 10 before the month is out. Atletico are 7/20 with 888.com to complete the first leg of a Madrid double and win the Europa League. It’s 7/10 for Atletico to get the job done in 90 minutes – worth a look given that only one of Atleti’s last 29 Europa League games have ended all square at 90 minutes.
Marseille have ‘home’ advantage at Lyon’s Stade des Lumieres – although they are yet to win in three clashes with Lyon there – and are 11/5 to become the first French team in 22 years to win European silverware.
These teams haven’t met since the 2008/9 Champions League group stages, so there is little in the way of head-to-head stats to go at, but one thing that does leap out from the sides’ recent form is Atletico’s defensive prowess.
The last six wins for Diego Simeone’s side have come without conceding, and you can boost the 7/10 outright quotes for Atletico to 8/5 by backing them to win to nil inside 90 minutes here.
If Marseille are to get on the scoresheet, it’s fair to assume Dimitri Payet will be involved. The former West Ham playmaker has scored three and assisted five in his last six Europa League games.
He’s a generous 4/1 to provide an assist, and a really tempting big-price, small-change punt at 30/1 to score and provide an assist.
Marseille also top the yellow card and red card lists in the Europa League this season with three and 30 respectively. Marseille are 39/20 to pick up four or more bookings in Lyon, and 21/4 to have a player dismissed.
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