This Wednesday, two fierce sides will take to the field to in the final of 2018 Europa League to lift the winners’ trophy. The Marseille v Atletico Madrid match will be played at 20:45 CET, so make sure to place your bets with online sportsbooks in France or Spain, and tune in for the thrilling action!
The Spanish side are the favourites for the 2018 Europa League final
Atletico Madrid are viewed as the favourites for the final, considering the crop of players at their disposal which includes the likes of Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro, Koke, Gabi and others.
The Madrid side are a serious force both in Spain and in Europe, so it really is no surprise that many are backing them to win the final. But the bad news is that they’ll be without their charismatic manager Diego Simeone on the touchline, after his ban appeal for the final was dismissed by UEFA, according to Sky Sports. The team will be deprived of crucial instructions that would otherwise come from him navigating the players on the touchline, so that could be a serious drawback for them.
Bet on Marseille v Atletico Madrid – H 6.00 (5/1) D 3.60 (13/5) A 1.61 (61/100)
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Marseille on the other hand are the complete opposites of their upcoming opponents. They haven’t been a tour de force since the start of the current decade, when they won Ligue 1 in 2009/10, the Trophee des champions in 2011 and the Coupe de la Ligue in 2011/12. Since then they’ve struggled to put on decent performances in the league, while their European ambitions have seen them crash out early at times.
It seems that all of their hopes are tied to star player Dimitri Payet – this is his second stint with the French club – who is greatly credited with leading them to the 2018 Europa League final. The skilful winger has appeared in 13 games in the competition, scoring 3 goals in the process, but his greatest contributions come via his incisive distribution of the ball and speedy runs up the flank. But we’re doubtful that will be enough against the Spanish side and providers of internet betting in Spain appear to agree with us.
Payet has great ambitions for the final
“I had to come back here, maybe because I’m crazy too, but I like places that are a bit weird,” commented the 31-year-old forward about move back to France, which took place in January 2017.
“You play football to be involved in these big games. It’s not a normal match; it’s a final, so you have to try to play like you usually do while also giving a bit extra because we’ll be up against a great side that has been put together to try to win the Champions League. They’re in the Europa League now and they’re the favourites. We’re the underdogs but we’ll give it everything,” said Payet.