In the upcoming fixture of the UEFA Europa League, Athletic Bilbao is locking horns with Olympique Marseille in the return leg of the Round of 16 fixtures. The first leg was won comfortably by the French team and in the return leg the Spanish team would try to change their fate but that’s not going to be easy for them even though they would be the hosting side. This expected to be a nail-biting contest because both the teams would go for a win in this game but for the home team the stakes is higher. The preview of the match is listed below.
When: March 15th, 11:30 PM IST
Where: San Mames Stadium, Biscay, Spain
Marseille won – 1
Athletic Bilbao won – 1
Not Decided – 1
MAR TEAM NEWS:
Mandanda (GK), Sakai, Rami, Rolando, Amavi, Gustavo, Lopez, Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos, Germain
ATH TEAM NEWS:
Herrerin (GK), Balenziaga, Etxeita, Alvarez, Marcos, Iturraspe, Etxebarria, Susaeta, Vesga, Williams, Aduriz
Olympique Marseille – Ocampos and Payet
Athletic Bilbao – Aduriz and Williams
Athletic Bilbao is 3-1 down from the first leg but will try to use their away goal to build confidence ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Marseille. The Spanish side has only lost two of their last 13 home matches.
Marseille are favourites after winning 3-1 in the first leg but this tie is not done. The French side has not won a single match away from home in Europe this season, scoring only twice in four matches.
Athletic Club will expect to win on Thursday at the very least but may have left themselves with too much to do on Thursday. While Marseille have travelled poorly in Europe, a two-goal advantage should be enough.
NOTE: THIS MAR VS ATH MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.