Atletico & relevance of Europa


I see similarities between the two teams.

Standing in their way is French star Antoine Griezmann and an Atletico squad that is justifiably favored in this match up.

West Ham won't be due a charge from Marseille for Dimitri Payet reaching or doubtlessly profitable the Europa League closing due to an absence of clause in his contract. If Marseille can overcome Atletico Madrid, they will automatically qualify for next season's Champions League making their final Ligue 1 match irrelevant in that regard. With the final set for Lyon, Marseille will have to cast aside any demons they have faced in their recent trips up the Rhone. At odds of [4.0] to score inside 90 minutes, he's worth backing, especially when you consider he takes penalties. This is a club who have played two Champions League finals in the past four years, a club that won the Europa League not long ago.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone thinks it will be "a great final" and warned his team of Marseille's risky midfield and attacking players.

You can view all of today's fixtures on The Sportsman, with live scoring during the matches. In his field atl├ętico won 2-1 at Marseille recorded a goalless draw.

Marcel: took second place in their Europa League group behind Salzburg, and ahead of the Portuguese and Turkish gimaraesh Konyaspor, and then in the playoffs went the Portuguese Braga, the Spanish athletic, German Leipzig and the same Salzburg. They've scored on 56 occasions (1.5 per game) and boast the league's best defence having conceded just 20 goals all season (0.5 per game). His marker on Wednesday is another who has travelled widely, the France global Adil Rami, formerly of Valencia, AC Milan and Sevilla, where he won a Europa League in 2016. Centre-back Rolando and striker Kostas Mitroglou are also racing against time to prove their fitness.

Atletico Full-back Sime Vrsaljko will be available for selection having served his one-game ban. Les Olympiens should feel more accustomed to playing in Lyon compared to their Spanish opposition, but Atletico perform consistently both in the Wanda Metropolitano and outside of Madrid.

"Griezmann's future depends on what happens on Wednesday I think, what he wants is to win trophies and I was sad when I heard about the news about him", club captain Gabi Fernandez told Spanish radio on Monday.