Marseille v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips – 16th May 2018
It’s nearly time for soccer fans to start turning their attentions to the World Cup as the season draws to a close all over Europe. But, before the players join up with their national team we have some of the most important matches in club football to enjoy.
The Europa League final is one of those huge matches looming large on the horizon and soccer fans the world over are promised a classic when Marseille and Atletico Madrid meet in Lyon.
Atletico Madrid have already won the Europa League under their charismatic manager, Diego Simeone, but they face an in-form Marseille side full of attacking quality who are desperate for success on French soil.
Marseille’s Quality to Light Up Lyon
Atletico Madrid have developed a fearsome reputation ever since Simeone took over as manager in 2011. Their defensive solidity and incredible fighting spirit has seen Atletico win the Liga title and reach the final of the Champions League under Simeone so it’s fair to say they set their sights higher than the Europa League at the start of the season.
Everybody at Atletico was disappointed when they dropped into the Europa League in the New Year after finishing third in their Champions League whereas Marseille’s campaign began back in July. The Ligue 1 side have made a few mistakes since entering the tournament in the third qualifying round but they are fully deserving of their place in the final.
Led by the maverick brilliance of their captain, Dimitri Payet, Marseille have played some stunning football at times. They also showed their battling spirit when booking their place in the final in extra-time of their semi-final against Red Bull Salzburg.
Atletico Madrid remain one of the toughest nuts to crack in world soccer (they’re Europe’s second best team according to the official UEFA rankings) but we think Marseille’s attacking quality and the positive approach of their manager, Rudi García, will be enough for them to win the Europa League at $3.39 with Bet365.
Expect Action in the Latter Stages
There is absolutely no doubt that Marseille will need to be at their very best to have any chance of beating Atletico Madrid.
Simeone’s men have an uncanny ability to dig in and keep the opposition at bay when they go through tough spells and will sit deep to try and weather an early Marseille storm.
We think that the quality of Payet and the three players likely to start in attack with him – Florian Thauvin, Lucas Ocampos and Valère Germain – will eventually prove too much for the Atletico defence but it’s not going to happen quickly for Marseille.
That presents punters with a few options.
The first is to have a bet on the first ending goalless which you can back at $2.70 with Unibet. Another solid option is on the second half having more goals than the first at $2.12 with Crownbet.
If you fancy taking a bit of a bigger risk for your Europa League final betting, have a bet on Marseille winning the match in extra time which is available at $21 with Bet365.
Payet to Shine in Lyon
Didier Deschamps has a wealth of options in his France squad for the World Cup in Russia. Dimitri Payet’s place in the French starting team were in doubt were it not for an incredible end to the season.
Payet is as good as anybody when he hits form and he looks all set to play a starring role for Marseille so back him to score anytime at $5.00 with bookmaker.com.au
Top Betting Tips
Marseille to lift the trophy at $3.39 with Bet365
Under 0.5 first half goals at $2.70 with Unibet
Second half to have more goals than the first at $2.12 with Crownbet
Marseille to win in extra time at $21 with Bet365
Dimitri Payet to score anytime at $5.00 with bookmaker.com.au