The first of two European cup competitions takes place on Wednesday in the Stade de Lyon. A key matchup is between Marseille and Atletico Madrid. Marseille made their way into the final after finishing 2nd in Group stage play. They followed that up with knockout stage ties against Portuguese side Braga, Spanish side Bilbao, German side Leipzig before a semifinal win over Austrian side Salzburg. Marselle now look to become the first French side to win a UEFA Cup/Europa League title. 2018 UEFA Europa League Final Preview (Wed, May 16).
Atletico Madrid crossed over into the knockout stages of the EL after finishing 3rd in group stage play of this year’s Champions League. Madrid then dispatched Danish side Copenhagen and Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow before edging past Portuguese side Sporting. In addition championed a semifinal triumph over England’s Arsenal side in the semifinals. They’ll make their 3rd appearance in the finals of this competition that has been dominated by Spanish sides since becoming the Europa League in 2010. Furthermore Mdrid will look for their 3rd win after previously beating Fulham (09/10) and Athletic Club (11/12).
Wednesday’s final pits two in form players with Marseilles Dmitri Payet 3 goals 7 assists in EL this season against Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann 4 goals 3 assists in EL knockout stage play. Whether that translates in a scoring final will have to be seen as Finals have been typically close affairs with the biggest margin a 3-0 win by this Atletico side in 11/12 and the highest scoring game a 3-2 win by Spanish side Sevilla over Dnipro. Overall the 8 previous finals have produced 21 goals for an average of 2.625 goals per game.
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2018 UEFA Europa League Final Preview (Wed, May 16)