Marseille v Atlético Madrid statistics and useful betting tips
posted on 15-05-2018 by Gurusoccer
Two-time UEFA Europa League winners Atlético Madrid face a Marseille side who lost in the finals of 1999 and 2004.
The road to Lyon
Two clubs of considerable continental pedigree, they have reached the final via different routes. Marseille's 2017/18 European campaign began in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, while Atlético started theirs in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
► The "Phocaeans" finished fifth in last season's Ligue 1 and entered the UEFA Europa League in the third qualifying round, where they defeated Belgium's Oostende 4-2 on aggregate before getting the better of Slovenian side Domžale in the play-offs (4-1). They scored only four goals in their group but have found the net 16 times in eight knockout phase encounters, taking their total in the competition proper to 20.
► Runners-up in Group I to Salzburg, the team they eventually defeated in the semi-finals, Marseille overcame Braga 3-1 on aggregate in the round of 32 (3-0 home, 0-1 away), before eliminating Athletic and then, in the quarter-finals, RB Leipzig (0-1 away, 5-2 home).
Marseille have won eight of their nine European home games this season but just one of the nine away from the Stade Vélodrome – that 2-1 victory in Bilbao.
► Marseille booked a place just up the Rhone Valley at the Stade de Lyon by defeating Austrian club Salzburg 3-2 on aggregate in a closely contested semi-final thanks to an extra-time away goal from substitute Rolando (2-0 home, 1-2 away).
► Having crossed over to the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group behind Roma and Chelsea, Atlético made light work of both FC København in the round of 32 (4-1 away, 1-0 home) and Lokomotiv Moskva in the round of 16 (3-0 home, 5-1 away). They edged out Iberian rivals Sporting CP 2-1 over two legs in the quarter-finals (2-0 home, 0-1 away).
Atlético's record in 14 European encounters this season is W7 D5 L2. Their only defeat outside Madrid was that 1-0 loss in Lisbon against Sporting.
► Atlético edged past Arsenal 2-1 over the two legs in their semi-final, Diego Costa sealing a 1-0 win in Madrid following a 1-1 draw in north London.
Statistics and more betting tips for the final
► The clubs' only past fixtures came in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage, Javier Aguirre's Atlético beating Eric Gerets' Marseille 2-1 at home before a goalless draw at the Stade Vélodrome. Atlético qualified for the round of 16 as runners-up behind group winners Liverpool, with Marseille finishing third to cross over to the UEFA Cup, in which they reached the quarter-finals.
► This is the seventh appearance by a Spanish club in the UEFA Europa League final and the first by a team from France.
This is the ninth UEFA Europa League final. The previous eight have yielded 21 goals at an average of 2.625 per game. The biggest winning margin was Atlético's 3-0 win against Athletic Club in 2012; the final with the most goals was Sevilla's 3-2 victory over Dnipro in 2015.
► Marseille have won only four of their 15 UEFA competition matches against Spanish opposition, losing eight. However, two of those wins came in this season's UEFA Europa League round of 16, when they beat Athletic Club home (3-1) and away (2-1), the latter their first success in Spain at the seventh attempt.
► Those eight defeats include a 2-0 loss to Valencia in the 2004 UEFA Cup final in Gothenburg. OM got the better of Spanish opponents in their UEFA Intertoto Cup final the following year, defeating Deportivo La Coruña 5-3 on aggregate (0-2 away, 5-1 home).
► Atlético's record in 12 matches against French clubs is W6 D5 L1, the only defeat coming at Lens (2-4) in the fourth round of the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup – a result that eliminated them following a first-leg 2-2 draw in Madrid.
► Atlético have not beaten a French club in France since September 1961, when they won 3-2 at Sedan in the first round of their triumphant European Cup Winners' Cup campaign. However, they were victorious at Monaco's Stade Louis II in the 2010 and 2012 UEFA Super Cups, defeating Internazionale Milano (2-0) and Chelsea (4-1) respectively.
► This year's Europa League Final is Atlético's second UEFA final in Lyon, and they will be hoping for a more positive outcome; they were defeated 3-0 by Dynamo Kyiv in the 1986 European Cup Winners' Cup at the Stade de Gerland.
Previous UEFA finals
Marseille (W2 L3)
1990/91 European Cup 0-0 v Crvena zvezda (3-5 on penalties)
1992/93 UEFA Champions League 1-0 v Milan
1998/99 UEFA Cup 0-3 v Parma
2003/04 UEFA Cup 0-2 v Valencia
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 5-3 agg v Deportivo La Coruña (0-2 a, 5-1 h)
Atlético (W6 L6)
1961/62 European Cup Winners' Cup replay 3-0 v Fiorentina (after 1-1 draw)
1962/63 European Cup Winners' Cup 1-5 v Tottenham
1973/74 European Cup replay 0-4 v Bayern München (after 1-1 draw)
1985/86 European Cup Winners' Cup 0-3 v Dynamo Kyiv
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2-2 agg v Villarreal (1-3 on penalties)
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2-2 agg v Gloria Bistriţa (won on away goal)
2009/10 UEFA Europa League 2-1 v Fulham (aet)
2010 UEFA Super Cup 2-0 v Internazionale
2011/12 UEFA Europa League 3-0 v Athletic Club
2012 UEFA Super Cup 4-1 v Chelsea
2013/14 UEFA Champions League 1-4 v Real Madrid (aet)
2015/16 UEFA Champions League 1-1 v Real Madrid (3-5 on penalties)