Marseille go head-to-head with Atletico Madrid in Lyon on Wednesday in the final of this season’s Europa League.
The two sides progressed to the final after narrow victories in the last four – the French side defeating Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate while Atletico beat Arsenal 2-1 overall.
Marseille’s only previous success in a European final came in the Champions League back in 1992/93 where they beat AC Milan.
Atletico won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961/62 and claimed the Europa League crown in 2009/10 and 2011/12.
The two sides’ only previous meeting came during the group stages of the 2008/09 Champions League. Atletico triumphed 2-1 at home and followed up with a 0-0 draw in France.
The Spanish club are priced at 1/3 to lift the trophy, with Marseille available at 9/4, but check out the latest betting with Bitstarz before wagering on the outcome.
It’s been a tough few years for Marseille, but there have been signs this season that the club is on its way back.
The have lost just five times in Ligue 1 this term and are already guaranteed a top four finish.
They haven’t made it to a major European final since their 2003/04 UEFA Cup appearance where they were defeated by Valencia.
Marseille could be without injured duo Rolando and Kostas Mitroglou on Wednesday, but Hiroki Sakai is fit again and could start against the Spanish side.
Atletico entered the Europe League at the round of 32 having finished third in their Champions League group behind Roma and Chelsea.
They have made it to the final of that competition twice in the last five years, although they haven’t tasted victory in Europe since their 2012 Europa League success. Nevertheless, regular European participation has brought in increased sponsorship revenues for Simeone to build and maintain a strong team.
Manager Diego Simeone has virtually a full strength squad to choose from, with just Vitolo sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Both sides are in inconsistent form heading into the final, with Marseille winning just one of their last four matches while Atletico have triumphed in three of their last six.
One major worry for Marseille is their away record in Europe. They have managed one win all season away from home in the Europa League and although the final is at a neutral venue that record is a concern.
Atletico have conceded just three goals in their eight Europa League outings this term and they look banker material to lift the trophy on Wednesday.
Possible starting XIs
Marseille: Pele, Sakai, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi, Zambo Anguissa, Sanson, Thauvin, Payet, Sarr, Mitroglou.
Atletico: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Lucas, Correa, Saul Niguez, Gabi, Koke, Griezmann, Diego Costa.