Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao

UEFA Europa League

 

MAR VS ATH MATCH PREVIEW:

Marseille and Athletic Bilbao will be locking horns against each other at the Stade Vélodrome in the first leg of last 16 in the Europa League.

Both these sides met at the same stage in the 2016 edition of Europa League with Athletic winning the tie 2-1 that year, so the Les Olympiens will be hoping for a more favorable result this time around.

But the home team are on a miserable run heading into this match, as they are winless in their last 4 competitive games. But the task of winning this match looks rather easy considering Bilbao are even into an even deeper hole after winning just two times in their last 14 games, which left them 14th  in the table, and well short of European qualification.

So considering all this, Europa League may very well be the last chance for both the teams to get a shot at redemption.

 

MATCH DETAILS:

When: March 9th, 1:35 AM IST

Where: Stade Velodrome, Marseille

 

Recent wins (Last six matches)

Marseille – W W L L L D

Athletic Bilbao – W L L W L D

 

MAR VS ATH TEAM NEWS:

Marseille:

Marseille have injury doubts over Kostas Mitroglou and Gregory Sertic, while Lucas Ocampos and Jordan Amavi will both miss the second-leg if they get booked.

Mikel Rico and Mikel Balenziaga are both missing for the visitors.

PROBABLE XI

Mandanda – Sarr, Rami, Rolando, Amavi – Anguissa, Luiz Gustavo – Thauvin, Sanson, Payet – Germain

 

Athletic Bilbao:

Meanwhile, Bilbao will also be without January signing Inigo Martinez, who is ineligible for the tie.

PROBABLE XI

Arrizabalaga – Saborit, Martínez, Álvarez, Lekue – Iturraspe, San José – Córdoba, Vesga, Susaeta – Williams

 

Competition History-

Marseille-  1 Champions League title, 1993, O Europa League Title,

Athletic Bilbao- 0 Titles

 

Head 2 Head- 2 meetings in official matches

Marseille- 0 wins

Athletic Bilbao- 1 wins

Draw- 1

 

Key Players:

Marseille – Payet, Rolando

Athletic Bilbao – Iturraspe, Córdoba

 

Some key stats:

  1. Marseille have lost three games in their last four games in all competitions.
  2. Athletic Bilbao have a pathetic record in France. In their last four trips to this country, Bilbao have avoided defeat in only one match, winning 0-1 in 2016 against Marseille.
  3. Marseille have a very good home record this season. In their last 15 games at Velodrome, they have registered wins in 80% games.

 

INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:

Considering Marseille’s imperious home form and Bilbao’s away Blues, we are backing the Ligue 1 side to win this game. A 2-0 scoreline in favor of the Les Olympiens.

 

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.

 

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