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Marseille vs Atletico Madrid preview: Marseille hoping to make history

May 15, 2018 By Michelle Bonsu
Can Marseille make history? Or will Atleti take the trophy back to Madrid? has the lowdown on the upcoming Europa League final between Marseille and Atleti on Wednesday, May 16th.

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Who's playing: No French team has ever won the Europa League. Marseille will be hoping to become the first as they take on two-time winners Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, but Los Rojiblancos aren't in the final just by chance. Who will come out on top in what should be an entertaining final in Lyon on Wednesday evening?

What time: Wednesday, May 16th at 11:45 PST/14:45 EST/19:45 BST/20:45 CET

What stadium: The 2018 UEFA Europa League final will be played at the Groupama Stadium. Also known more commonly as the Parc Olympique Lyonnais or the Stade de Lyon, this ground can hold up to 59.186 fans when full.

Which channel:

- In the USA: Fox Sports 1, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN Deportes+, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes

- In France: M6, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1

- In Spain: Movistar+, beIN Sports Spain, beIN Sports Connect España

- In the UK: BT Sport 4K UHD, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Live

- In Canada: beIN Sports Canada, RDS GO, TSN1, TSN5, TSN4, TSN3, RDS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, DAZN, TSN GO

*If your country is not listed above, feel free to check here for additional up-to-date broadcast listings

Match facts and other stats

  • Marseille have won eight of their nine European home games this season but just one of nine away from the Stade Vélodrome – a 2-1 victory at Athletic Club
  • Marseille have won only four of their 15 UEFA competition matches against Spanish opposition, losing eight
  • Atlético have not beaten a French club in France since September 1961
  • Atlético's record in 12 matches against French clubs is W6 D5 L1
  • Atlético's record in 14 European encounters this season is W7 D5 L2
  • Los Rojiblancos' only defeat outside Madrid was a 1-0 loss in Lisbon against Sporting
  • Diego Simeone's side won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012


Atleti ended up in the Europa League after finishing third in their quartet, behind surprise group winners Roma and runners up Chelsea. Since dropping down into Europe's second-tier competition, Los Rojiblancos have done quite well and have been largely unstoppable, although they did have to work hard to see off a very tough opponent in Arsenal during an interesting semi-final contest.

Now, they are just 90 minutes away from making it a third Europa League title - a trophy which Sevilla had monopolized over the past few seasons - with just Marseille standing in their way. Interestingly, this season, both Madrid-based clubs are on the cusp of being both crowned champions of Europe, with Atleti potentially winning the Europa League whilst their cross-town rivals will be involved in a exciting clash with Liverpool in Kiev in less than a fortnight's time.

Meanwhile, Marseille survived a tough tie against a plucky Salzburg side to book their ticket to the final. It wasn't without controversy, however, as they grabbed a late goal following a corner kick that should have actually been an awarded goal kick to their opponents to win the tie on away goals. That came after falling two goals behind to force the second leg to extra time. In any case, regardless of the result, they now have a chance to make history on Wednesday. But will they be able to get the job done against Atletico Madrid?

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