Athletic Bilbao vs Olympique Marseille
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 15 March 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao will face a very tough challenge to annul the two-goal deficit against Olympique Marseille when the two sides take on each other for the place in the quarterfinal of Europa League on Thursday evening at San Mames Barria. Left winger Lucas Ocampos was the one who inspired the 3-1 win for the Phocians at Stade Velodrome as he completed a brace seven days ago, while Dmitri Payet added another for the team led by Rudi Garcia.
Bilbao have nowhere to go in their domestic league where they sit 12th after 28 rounds of the competition. This is why Jose Angel Ziganda’s men aim for a deep run in the continental competition and they will no doubts be highly motivated to annul the mentioned deficit and clinch a win by two or more goals difference on Thursday.
Team’s star man and top scorer Aritz Aduriz has been rested in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Leganes which has seen Raul Garcia steal the show netting a brace at San Mames. The Lions have thus raised the spirits ahead of the much-important rematch with the Phocians.
Bilbao are generally much tougher to beat in front of the home fans where they are undefeated in last nine league outings. They’ve conceded only three goals in last eight league matches at San Mames Barria and they’ll strive towards the continuation of such defensive form here.
Marseille have been playing hot and cold lately, but they will come into this high on confidence after making it back-to-back wins on Sunday evening when they saw off Toulouse 1-2 at Stadium Municipal. It was the first victory after three straight losses on the road for Garcia’s men in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao vs Olympique Marseille: Head-to-head
Bilbao went through when the teams met in the knockout stage of the same competition two years ago (2-1 on aggregate).
The clash played at San Mames saw a 1-1 draw in the mentioned tie.
Athletic Bilbao vs Olympique Marseille: Prediction
Bilbao generally play much better in front of the home crowd. Ziganda rested Aritz Aduriz in the weekend’s league action and we do expect the highly-motivated hosts to grab the victory in the reverse fixture.
Aduriz might well be the man to lead the hosts towards the success here and you can back the Spanish veteran to score anytime at the odds of 2.00.
Athletic Bilbao vs Olympique Marseille: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win @ 2.25
Aritz Aduriz to score anytime @ 2.00