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16 May 2018 by HUGZ

2017-18 Europa League Final – Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Preview

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When? Wednesday 16th May, 19:45 (UK)

Where? Groupama Stadium

What channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Atletico Madrid W1, D1

PREDICTION
The first of two upcoming European club finals takes place this evening as Atletico Madrid take on Marseille for the right to be called Europa League winners for 2018. Diego Simeone’s men beat Arsenal over two legs while their opponents from Southern France were tested by Red Bull Salzburg in the semi-finals.

For Simeone and his players they will go into this game as heavy favourites but at the same time in a one-off fixture such as this, it would certainly be unfair to dismiss the chances of the club that are managed by Rudi Garcia.

It is a game that could well be dominated by French international talents, as if it is not Dimitri Payet then it might well be Antoine Griezmann. Questions remain if the diminutive Atletico forward will still be with the club next season, especially with continued interest from Barcelona.

If he is to move on and swap Madrid for Catalonia then what better way to sign off than by helping his current employers secure another piece of European silverware, and although Marseille will provide a test it looks as if this game will go in one direction, that being an Atletico win.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Atletico Madrid have got the better of Marseille once before, this coming back in October 2008. The Vicente Calderon was the setting and the Champions League group stages the reason for the meeting between tonight’s finalists.

All the game’s three goals came before half-time. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the hosts in the fourth minute before Marseille restored parity just 12 minutes later thanks to Mamadou Niang. However, it was Raul Garcia who scored halfway through the first half to put Atletico back in front – a lead they would not relinquish for a second time as they earned three vital group stage points.