On Wednesday night, Marseille and Atletico Madrid go head-to-head at the Groupama Stadium in the Europa League final.
Marseille have enjoyed a strong campaign at home and abroad this season. OM are currently still in the fight for the Champions League spots heading into this weekend’s last round of games in Ligue One.
Their performances in Europe have also caught the eye, as Rudi Garcia’s side have been impressive in the Europa League. In fact, the French club has won four of their last six games in this competition.
OM have been prolific in the Europa League of late, scoring two or more goals in five of their last seven European outings. Although they have been impressive in Europe, Garcia’s side needed extra-time to see off Salzburg in the semi-finals.
Atletico Madrid look set to finish as runners-up in La Liga this season after another strong campaign. Los Rojiblancos have also been in strong form in the Europa League since dropping out of the Champions League earlier this season.
The team from the Spanish capital have in fact won six of their last eight games in Europe’s secondary competition. The Spanish side has also suffered just one defeat.
Unsurprisingly considering their reputation for low scoring games, Atletico’s last four outings in the Europa League have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last four outings in the competition.
Marseille have doubts over the fitness of Portuguese centre-back Rolando and former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglu. Luiz Gustavo could start at centre-back, while Valere Germain could fill in for Mitroglu.
Atletico have doubts over centre-back Jose Gimenez and winger Vitolo. Stefan Savic and Angel Correa could play if the pair misses out. Full-back Sime Vrsaljko returns from suspension but has competition from the experienced Juanfran for the right-back spot.
This game is likely to be tight. Both teams have looked good this season, but I do believe that Atletico will record a victory in a low scoring game.